Category: Story Starters Contest

2017 Story Starters Contest Winners

Congratulations! Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (268 in total submitted), we have 6 winners to announce for our 2017 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our 2017 Festival of Authors attendees. Many thanks to Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a long-list of 41 pieces down to a list of…

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2017 Story Starters Shortlist

ANNOUNCING OUR 2017 STORY STARTERS SHORTLIST   It gives us the greatest pleasure to announce that the finalists chosen by our Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar (applause!) from the 41 long-listed pieces (submitted between October 1 and February 28) – about 176  entries in all – are the following writers who…

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2017 Story Starters Longlist (Semi-Finalists)

Congratulations to our 2017 Story Starters Semi-Finalists!   For the sixth time, The Ontario Writers’ Conference has partnered with visual artists of all sorts in the form of our Story Starters Contest – run October, November, December of 2016 and January, February of 2017. On the first of each month, our website featured an extraordinary work…

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Story Starter February 2017 – Barbara E. Hunt

Our February Story Starter features a poignant work by Barbara E. Hunt. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry…

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Story Starter January 2017 – Rich Helms

Our January Story Starter features an intriguing work by Rich Helms. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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Story Starter December 2016 – Cheryl Andrews

Our December Story Starter features an inspiring work by Cheryl Andrews. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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Story Starter November 2016 – Gretel Boose

Our November Story Starter features a beautiful work by Gretel Boose. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry…

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Story Starter October 2016 – Pamela Meacher

Our October Story Starter features a beautiful work by Pamela Meacher. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules…

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2016 Story Starters Contest Winners

Congratulations! Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (275 submitted in total), we have 6 winners to announce for our 2016 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our attendees over the two Conference days. Many thanks to the Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a long-list of 64…

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2016 Story Starters Finalists

The list is in, and we are proud to announce the 2016 Story Starters finalists! Our Story Starters judge — Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar  — had an even tougher job than in previous years. This year, there were 64 long-listed pieces (submitted between September 1 and February 29) – about 268  entries in all! From those…

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2016 Story Starters Semi-Finalists

  Congratulations to our 2016 Story Starters Semi-Finalists! For the fifth time, The Ontario Writers’ Conference has partnered with visual artists of all sorts in the form of our Story Starters Contest – run September, October, November and December of 2015 and January and February 2016 (pictured above). On the first of each month, our website…

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Story Starter February – Anja Kooistra

We had a tremendous response to our January Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our February Story Starter features a beautiful work by Anja Kooistra. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku,…

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Moon Fruit January
Story Starter January – Annabelle Murray

We had some great entries with our December Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our January Story Starter features a beautiful work by Annabelle Murray. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku,…

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The-Fascinator
Story Starter December – Sally Thurlow

We had a phenomenal number of entries with our November Story Starter! Thank you, and good luck to all who entered. Our December Story Starter features a beautiful work by Sally Thurlow. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose,…

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Rite-Of-Passage
Story Starter November – Iwona Dufaj

We had a tremendous response to our October Story Starter! Thanks and good luck to all who entered. Our November Story Starter features a beautiful painting by Iwona Dufaj. To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.)…

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October 2015 Story Starter
Story Starter October – Erika Takács

Our September Story Starter got a terrific response and we read some wonderful submissions! October features the innovative creation of Erika Takács! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit…

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Story Starter September – Carin Makuz

We’re Kicking off the 2016 Story Starters Contest! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the comment section below. Check the full entry rules and format…

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Story Starters
2015 Story Starter Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our winners!   Chosen from a very high caliber of written pieces (175 in total submitted), we have 4 winners to announce for our 2015 Story Starters Contest, all chosen by our attendees over the past 2 days. Many thanks to Story Starters Judge, Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar for narrowing a…

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Story Starters
Announcing the Finalists of the 2015 Story Starters Contest!

The list is in, and we are proud to announce the 2015 finalists!   Our Story Starters judge — Canadian author, teacher, poet James Dewar (applause!) — had a tough job! From the 27 long-listed pieces, James selected the following writers who should be commended for their talent, bravery and stamina.   The 2015 Story Starters Contest finalists…

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December Story Starter - Christine Kim
Story Starter December – Christine Kim

Wow! We got some great entries for the November contest! December features a gorgeous piece by Christine Kim! To enter, write a short piece (100 words maximum) inspired by the art featured below. It can be any form of writing (poetry, prose, dialogue, haiku, etc.) as long as it is original. Submit your entry in the…

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