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September 26, 2018
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Ink Writing Project Information

Halton Hills Public Library presents our 10th annual INK WRITING PROJECT, a creative writing contest for young people in grades 4-8 (INKSTERS) and grades 9-12 (INKLINGS).

Eight prizes to be won!

Full Contest Rules:

Entrant Eligibility:

  • All entrants must either reside in or attend school in Halton Hills.

Writing Categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories

Age/Grade Ranges:

  • Inksters, grades 4-6
  • Inksters, grades 7-8
  • Inklings, grades 9-10
  • Inklings, grades 11-12

(Note: the phrase “grade” denotes the grade you are next entering, with the exception of Grade 12, where it can also denote the grade you just completed.)


  • Eight winners will be selected (four age/grade ranges x two writing categories).


  • All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published elsewhere.
  • Each entrant is limited to two entries of any kind (e.g. a poem and a short story).
  • Short stories should be no longer than 1000 words (approximately 4 pages).
  • Poems should be no longer than 20 lines.


  • We will format your entry to match our formatting guidelines.


  • The title must appear at the beginning of the work.
  • Title pages should not be included.

Your name:

  • Please do not include your name in the text of your entry, just in the electronic submission form


  • Entries are accepted in English only.


Through submitting their work, entrants give permission to use their names and/or images for promotion purposes.

Dates and times:

  • Entries are accepted from June 1st to July 28th, closing at 5:00 p.m.
  • Prizes for the winning entries will be presented on Oct. 16th.

Winning entries:

  • All works will be judged anonymously.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Winning entries will be published on our website and in a booklet.
  • Winners will receive a free copy of the booklet.
  • The first prize winner in each age/type categories will receive a gift certificate prize of $50.
  • All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.