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Notices and Events—November 21, 2023

The First Page student writing challenge

The First Page is a national writing competition for students in grades 7 to 12 in Canada. Students are invited to write the first page of a novel, imagining how present-day issues and trends have played out 150 years in the future.

The 2024 challenge will be open for submissions starting in February 2024. How will the world leaders of today impact the world of tomorrow? Who will be the biggest name in pop culture in the future? How will climate change impact the protagonist’s life?

The story could be from any literary genre, from mystery or thriller to literary fiction, from adventure or romance to satire or science fiction.

Entries should include a title and can be 300 to 400 words in length. The contest is open to all Canadian residents who are full-time students enrolled in grades 7 to 12. Entries will be judged in two age categories: grades 7 to 9 and grades 10 to 12.

The winner of each category will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, which delivers monthly boxes of books and literary-related items. The school library of each winner will also receive a donation of 50 books.

Online entry forms will be available at Visit for discussion questions and writing tips from Canadian writers. Email your questions to