High School Writing Competition

High School Writing Competition

To view the program and photos from the 2013-14 High School Writing Competition, please click here.










Rules for Entering

  • Entries are accepted in any of the following categories: Short Story; Poetry; Play or T.V. Script; Essay on a literary topic.
  • Competition is open to students registered in high schools in the National Capital Region.


All entries should be typed. Students may submit no more than one entry in any category. In the writing categories, students should keep entries to:

  • short story: maximum 3,000 words;
  • long poem or collection of poems: max. 125 lines;
  • play or TV script: max. 20 pages;
  • essay on literary topic: min.1,500 words; max. 2,000 words.


Prizes include cash prizes, Ottawa Writers Festival tickets, book prizes, and award certificates.

Awards Reception

All students who place in the competition will be invited, along with their family, friends and teachers, to attend an awards reception on Friday, April 4, 2014.



Professor Armand Garnet Ruffo
Professor Dana Dragunoiu

High School Outreach:

Professor Jody Mason

DEADLINE: March 7, 2014


Send your entries to:

High School Writing Competition
Department of English, Room 1812 DT
1125 Colonel By Drive
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5B6