25th Trillium Award

Calling Student Writers: Write Across Ontario Contest Part Deux, Now Open

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Write across Ontario

After the incredible success of the first Write Across Ontario student writing contest, Open Book is proud to partner with Planet IndigenUs, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and Lit On Tour for Round Two of this province-wide competition. This time, Grade 7 and 8 students are asked to write a story of 250-500 words that begins with this tantalizing story starter by Aboriginal and Canadian author Brian Wright-Mcleod. Two winners will be selected from each grade. These fine young writers will be awarded $500 each and publication in Open Book Magazine. Stories should be submitted to [email protected] by November 10, 2012.

The Story-Starter:

After a few hours, the men emerged from the dome-shaped structure. The bite of the night air grabbed their very beings as the warmth of the fire greeted their bodies. Madison and Buck slowly swirled onto their backs down onto the cool pine-nettled ground. Exhausted, they looked up at the stars ? they felt a new and different peace ? something neither man had ever felt before in their lives and for the first time in many years, they felt relaxed and calm. Their damp bodies glistened against the firelight like the stones that surrounded the fire.

Later, Johnny Buck and his grandfather spoke candidly to the detectives about their case ? from their own understanding after considering what Madison had explained to them.

?You say you met this spirit face to face and it also entered one of your dreams,? Buck recalled.

Madison confessed, almost hesitantly but with relief knowing that he was now speaking to someone who understood: ?Sometimes I?ll see a shadow move ahead of me or like something?s behind me, then when I turn and there?s nothing there — I feel it — but nothing?s there.?

Buck became solemn, ?It?s watching you.?


To read winners of the previous Write Across Ontario contest, click here.

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