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July 18, 2018
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Inksters/Inklings Creative Writing Project

Halton Hills Public Library presents our 9th 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!

Basic 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 29th, closing at 5:00 p.m.
  • Prizes for the winning entries will be presented on Oct. 17th.

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.

Submit your entry online...

Tell us what grade you will be going into in September. If you finished grade 12 in June, please enter 12.
The school you will be attending in September.
Please cut-and-paste your text into this box.