Waterloo Region District School Board

Eligibility Requirements

  • Contest is open to all WRDSB students in grades 9 to 12. 
  • Submissions must not have been previously published in any other forum, whether print or online. However, pieces that were submitted as part of school work at Waterloo will be accepted.
  • Entrants must consent to the publication of their work, whether in print or online. 
  • Entrants must consent to editing of their work for grammar and typos, as needed.

Content and Genre Requirements

  • Submissions must fall into one of three broad categories: fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry.
  • The 2018-19 contest theme is allies. Participants are asked to consider how we can all be advocates for equity. 
  • Where are there opportunities for collaboration to end systemic gender inequity?
  • Gender includes all genders, including two-spirit, transgender and non-binary people.

Formatting Requirements

  • Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • Submissions must be received in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • Submissions must include a word count at the end of the document.
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions should be double-spaced.
  • If a poem moves on to a second page, indicate stanza breaks with a backslash (/), as needed.
  • If submission is more than one page, include page numbers.

Submissions deadline

Please note: the contest will open on September 5, 2018, and the deadline for submitting entries will be October 12, 2018. 

Submissions should be emailed to heforshe@wrdsb.ca.