Monday, March 15, 2010

Pass along to First Nations Metis and Inuit youth: writing contest

The 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Writing ChallengeShare your story
The Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge is a short story contest for young Aboriginal Canadians (aged 14 – 29). Showcase your talent and creativity for your chance to win great prizes! Visit to learn more, and to read winning entries from past years. Guidelines and Prizes
Participants of Aboriginal descent (status, non-status, M├ętis and Inuit) are invited to submit an original short story that explores a moment in Aboriginal history – this could be an event of personal, regional or national significance.
Submissions are judged by a group of esteemed Aboriginal authors and leaders including Drew Hayden Taylor, Tomson Highway, and Joseph Boyden.Honorary patrons of the Challenge include National Chief Shawn Atleo, Governor General Michaelle Jean and Patrons include Former National Chief Phil Fontaine and The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs.
The first place winner in both age categories (14 – 18 and 19 – 29) will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a trip to Regina to be honoured at an event attended by Aboriginal leaders from across Canada. Their winning entries will be published in Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver). Students who place in the top ten in each age category will also receive cash prizes.
Groups or classrooms of 10 or more who participate are eligible for additional prizes. The individual entries within the group are still eligible for the main prizes!
What story will YOU tell?
If you or someone you know would like to enter the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Writing Challenge, please visit, check out our Facebook page, call us toll-free at 1-866-701-1867, or email us at
Don’t miss it! The contest deadline is March 31st, 2010!


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