May 30th: We are pleased to announce the winners for our 11th annual national student contests: 2016/2017 Contest Results. Congratulations to the final prize winners and all those published!

The magnificent student collections are on their way to us and will be released early next week. All prizes and pre-orders are expected to be shipped before June 13th.

If you didn't pre-order, please visit our SHOP page to order and reserve your copy today. There are a limited number of additional copies.

12th Annual Contest Deadlines:

Poetry: Nov. 15, 2017
Short Story: Nov. 30, 2017

 

SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE

Download an entry form:
Student Entry Form


Educators who wish to request an information package or a complimentary copy from a previous contest, please click on the link below. It should open a web form you can copy and paste into your email program.

You should receive a confirmation email within a few minutes of sending your request. (Note: We do not send complimentary copies or information packages to home schools at this time.)

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Student Contests

Stay tuned for our 12th annual student contests
for Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

2017/2018 National Student Contests

Anticipated Poetry Deadline: November 15, 2017
Anticipated Short-Story Deadline: November 30, 2017

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Each year we hold two contests, which are open to Canadian students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Over $9,000 is awarded in cash prizes to schools and students who participate!

There is no entry fee and no obligation to purchase anything.

Educators may wish to use one or both of these contests as a project in coordination with their English curriculum or students may enter on their own (though school information must be provided so we can verify they are a student and keep the contest fair).

Information packages, including entry forms are sent to schools across the country in September. Educators may directly request a copy of this information package or a complimentary copy of one of our collections from a previous contest by sending us an information request.

The top group of entrants in each contest (approx. 25-45%) will receive the opportunity to be published in a soft-cover, keepsake collection to be released in early June of each year. Schools that send in at least five complete entries per contest will automatically receive one free copy of any collection containing their student(s) work. We gave away more than $10,000 worth of these books to schools in our last contests!

Prizes

Bonus prizes: Schools will receive one bonus entry for each student entry they submit.

Each contest:
First Prize (school)
Second Prize (school)
Third Prize (school)
 
$300
$200
$100

Every participant will receive a bookmark gift once all of the entries have been short-listed. Teachers will be mailed a list of students who were successful in the first round in January (poetry contest) and February (short-story contest).

Students who are short-listed will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate to their home address, along with an author's release they need to have their parent/guardian sign and return to be published. Once we receive permission to publish their work, they will then move forward to the final round of judging to possibly win one of the prizes listed below.

Each contest:
First Prize
Second Prize
Third Prize
 

Student
Student's Educator

Student
Student's Educator

Student
Student's Educator
Kindergarten
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade One
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Two
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Three
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Four
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Five
$60
$60
$40
$40
$20
$20
Grade Six
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Seven
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Eight
$80
$80
$50
$50
$25
$25
Grade Nine
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Ten
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Eleven
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30
Grade Twelve
$100
$100
$60
$60
$30
$30

All first-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive a free copy of the collection featuring their entry.

Rules

Topic Ideas

If you are having trouble thinking of something to write about, here are some short-story topics you may wish to explore:

Here are some poetry topics you may wish to consider:


There are a lot of great websites out there containing tips on writing, further information on different types of poems, as well as rhyming dictionaries. Below are a few links we recommend to get you started:

Children’s author Corey Green—great advice for writing stories
http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html

Poetry Foundation—poetry education for older students
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/

Scholastic—types of poems
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm

Rhymezone—rhyming dictionary
http://www.rhymezone.com/

Write Express—rhyming dictionary
http://www.writeexpress.com/online2.html

Ways to Enter

Send entries    
email using web form: SUBMIT ENTRY ONLINE  
  Acceptable file attachments: .doc/.docx, .pdf, or .txt (please do not send .pages files or links)  
     
by mail: Polar Expressions Publishing  
  PO Box 500 Stn Main  
  Maple Ridge BC V2X 3P2
by email:

polarexpressions@shaw.ca or
submissions@polarexpressions.ca

 
   

We look forward to reading your work!