Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival’s 10th edition is coming November 2023, and we want to continue to uplift young voices with a chance to be heard and celebrated. We want to encourage our Northern Ontario youth to practice their skill and share their art and voices. Their works can be personal, political, comic, serious, or anything else they want.

The Youthwords contest is open to high school students across Northeastern Ontario and is accepting submissions of short stories and poetry.


Short Story – max 1000 words

Poetry – max 20 lines each, up to 2 poems per submission


  • 1st Place Short Story – $150
  • Runner-Up Short Story – $75
  • 1st Place Poem – $150
  • Runner-Up Poem – $75

Include in your entry, on a separate cover page:

  • the title of your entry, your name, address, phone number, and email address
  • your date of birth
  • your grade
  • DO NOT include your name on your other pages
  • No entry fee required

Deadline: Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Submit to: youthwords@wordstocksudbury.ca