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GRADE 7 & 8 ONTARIO STUDENTS HAVE THE WRITE STUFF: Write Across Ontario Winners Announced

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Write Across Ontario

Open Book: Ontario loves nothing more than discovering young talent, and we were honoured to partner with Planet IndigenUs and IFOA Ontario for the 2013 Write Across Ontario contest. This year's winners are Tamara Fuller (Grade 7) of Poplar Bank Public School in Newmarket and Sydney Kondreska (Grade 8) of Ecole Gron Morgan in Thunder Bay. Tamara and Sydney will each be awarded $500 and have their stories published in Open Book Magazine.

For the Write Across Ontario contest, Grade 7 and 8 students were asked to write a story of 500 words or less that began with a tantalizing and imaginatively challenging story starter by Aboriginal and Canadian author Brian Wright-Mcleod.

Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of the IFOA, was once again thrilled by the output of our student writers. ?The magnitude of the work and the originality of students throughout Ontario is phenomenal,? he observed. ?To have the students take a story started by a well-known, published author and turn it into something that is their own is an experience unlike any other.?

As for Open Book, we found that every young writer who was inspired to continue where Brian Wright-McLeod left off took the plot in a different and surprising direction. Though the final decision wasn't easy, we found that the winning writers told their stories with verve and originality, while preserving the tone and the sense of mystery from the story-starter. Look for publication of the winning stories on our Magazine page soon.

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