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Contest: Book Week

Writing is an artist’s chance to manipulate and craft words into flowing streams, but prizes are always fun, aren’t they? Well, if you have any poems or short stories in need of edits, or choose to create something new, Book Week is allowing students across Canada to submit works for winnings. Eligibility is for students in Canada from grades 4-12, in which one student from every grade has a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to his/her favourite bookstore, and even better, the chance to be named a winner of a countrywide contest!

Deadline: February 1, 2012

For more information and entry forms click here

Workshop: Looney Poems Poetry

Cartoons are the muse of nearly everyone, no matter the age. The Looney Tunes have especially been iconic in many childhood memories, so why not use them to inspire your poetry? Matthew Tierney is a Canadian poet, who will be hosting a workshop dedicated to lightening the hearts of your writing. If you feel that your works have been a little dry of humour, or you just really like Bugs Bunny, attend this hands-on workshop. For ages 12-19.

When: February 15, 2012; from 4:30 pm—6:30 pm
Where: Runnymede TPL branch, 2178 Bloor Street West

Registration: FREE! Call 416-397-5970 or email ksparling@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Workshop: Young Voices Magazine

Young Voices Magazine is one of my favourite magazines in the city, and it is composed entirely of youth talent. The Young Voices Magazine is run by the Toronto Public Library, and as a former writer in the magazine, I can personally say how much of a joy it is. Open to both visual and literary artists, teens aging from 12-19 are eligible to submit (not to worry, there are three different age categories). From poems to sketches, rants to photographs, this contest is a great way to get your work into the eyes of your peers throughout Toronto.

Deadline: March 31, 2012

For more information and specifications for submissions click here

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