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Contest Rules

Power of the Pen Contest Rules:

  • Power of the Pen Creative Writing ContestEntrants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and be a resident of Hamilton or a neighbouring city.
  • One poem and/or short story per person may be submitted in both the English and French categories. Each entry requires a separate entry form.
  • Short stories must not exceed 2,500 words in length. Poems may be any length.
  • Entries should be typed, double-spaced and all pages numbered.  Paper copies are required for mailed and hand-delivered submissions.
  • Typed entries must double-spaced, with font Arial or Times New Roman and size 11 or 12 points.
  • Do not put your name anywhere on your work. Your name must be on the entry form only.
  • All works submitted must be original. If it is fanfiction, the work of inspiration must be clearly named.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Judged submissions will be available for pick-up during the evening of the awards ceremony. Arrangements can also be made to pick up at your local branch if you are unable to attend the ceremony.
  • All entries will be scanned to ensure originality. Plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification.