Roald Dahl Day Writing Contest

I am thrilled to be involved in an exciting contest for young writers. Believe it or not, it is the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s fabulous James and the Giant Peach, and to celebrate, the good folks at Small Print Toronto are holding a writing competition.

Here are the details:

We invite writers 8-12 to craft a short story (max 1500 words) based on the scenario of James, a lonely orphan in today’s Toronto, discovering a peach as big as a house filled with human-sized friendly creatures.

Email your story to roalddahlday@smallprinttoronto.org by Friday October 14, 2011.

The top entries will be read aloud at the Roald Dahl Day celebration at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto on October 23rd. If you’re not of the writerly persuasion, or are too old/young to participate, consider attending the event itself, which features a literary scavenger hunt, reading of a new picture book by David Hickey, viewing of the movie James and the Giant Peach, and a bubble blowing contest.

What would James do in Toronto?

I will be there, along with the rest of this stellar judging panel: Fellow authors Kevin Sylvester,  Adrienne Kress, and Evan Munday, Susan Kernohan Director of Young Voices at the Toronto Public Library, Mark Medley, Book Editor at The National Post, and Janet Somerville, Department of English,  Royal St George’s College.

For more info, please visit the Events page on Small Print’s website.

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