Category: Story Starters Contest

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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November Story Starter
Story Starter November – Joanna Malcolm

Thanks and good luck to all who entered our October Story Starter! November features a beautiful painting by Joanna Malcolm!   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…

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October Story Starter
Story Starter October – Joe Cebek

Our September Story Starter got a terrific response; we read some wonderful submissions! October features the innovative creations of Joe Cebek! 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…

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Story Starters Contest September 2014
Story Starter September – Lorette C. Luzajic

We’re kicking off the 2014-2015 Story Starters Contest with a bang by featuring the stunning work of Lorette C. Luzajic! 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…

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2014 Story Starters Contest Winners Announced

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our 2014 Story Starters Contest!   January’s winner was the wonderfully talented Caroline Wissing from Ottawa.   The successful February entry came from the inspired Kristy Leigh Logan, who hails from Holland Landing.   And for March, our entrant from Montreal Joe Balevi took the top prize.  …

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2014 Story Starters Contest Longlist Announced

Congratulations to our Story Starters Finalists! From just under 200 entries over the months of January through March inspired by the Story Starters artworks of the talented Ingrid Ruthig, Allyson Latta and Gretel Boose, the longlist of finalists for our 2014 competition is as follows: Marie Arthur-Beswick Joe Balevi Linda Bleser Mona Blaker Jean Burbidge…

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Story Starter Creativity Needn’t Stop at 100 Words

A little inspiration can take you places… Audrey Ksepka took inspiration from the Story Starters writing contest and ran with it – all the way to first place in Brownsville, Texas! Open to any genre, with a 1500-word maximum, Audrey penned her winning entry for the first annual writing contest at Winter Haven, from her…

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Story Starter March – Gretel Boose

**MARCH CONTEST CLOSED**   This month, we’re featuring the creative talents of artist 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….

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Announcing James Dewar as the 2014 Story Starters Contest Judge!

The OWC organizing committee is delighted to announce that the multi-talented James Dewar will be the judge of our 2014 Story Starters Contest!   James will narrow the wonderful writing submissions down to 3 entries per artwork. These entries will be displayed (along with the gorgeous art) at the Festival of Authors and conference. Delegates…

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Story Starter February – Allyson Latta

**February Contest Closed** After a terrific January response, we’re delighted to announce our February Story Starter, courtesy of returning OWC facilitator Allyson Latta! 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….

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