2018 Writing Contest

Stay tuned for news about winners of the 2018 Student Writing Contest who will be reading with a best-selling author at BookFest Windsor 2018!

See below for last year’s winning entries. Congratulations to all who entered and all who were chosen to read on the BookFest Windsor 2017 stage! Featuring author Terry Favro and local poet, Carlinda D’Alimonte.

BFW2017 Student Writing Contest


Ages 6 – 9 Category

1st Place

Brianne Foreman Age 10

Academie Ste Cecile

Canada: The Next 150 Years

Flowers bloom the size of pumpkins.
Green space grows though animal populations shrink.
The cool Canadian breeze brings colour to the sky,
As our mighty geese pass by.
In the stillness of a summer’s day,
You can hear the graceful singing of the birds,
Or the flapping wings of a butterfly.
The night sky shines bright,
As the moon glimmers,
And the stars sparkle like diamonds.
When morning comes, the rooster calls,
Crops are picked and loaded for markets,
While joggers nod a friendly hello as they pass by.
I love our Canada.
It will never change its beauty.

Ages 6 – 9 Category

2nd Place

Jed Polsky Age 9

Academie Ste Cecile


The Future Song

 So far in the future,
I know I’ll be long gone,
But I decided that since I will be dead,
I should probably write this song.
This is only a prediction,
So please don’t be rash,
And especially don’t throw
All this work into the trash.
In the not so distant future,
School will be online.
Kids will be so educated.
We will be just fine.
Medicine will be updated.
It will all be advanced.
All the sick will get up slick,
And we all will start to dance.
We all will be protected.
From the heat that’s coming down.
People won’t die, they will not fry
They will do anything but frown.
We’ll make new discoveries,
Like cool new ice cream cones.
But since I’ll be dead,
I’ll be nothing but dust and bones.
New planets to discover,
And more galaxies to explore,
I wish I could be alive again,
So I can come back for more.
Cars will be flying.
Same with bikes and more,
But let’s take care of the thing we love,
Not money. Hint! It’s the poor.
I guess this song is over.
I hope you think it’s nice,
And to the government,
Did I give you some advice?

Ages 6 – 9 Category

Third Place

Keir Lavoie Age 9

St. Jean Baptiste

In the Future

 In the future we will have more rights
There will be fewer riots and less fights
The colour of your skin will no longer matter
Neither your religion or your gender

Love will be in the air
Life will finally be fair.

In the future there will be equality
In every country, state and city
Discrimination will be no more
We will see the importance of our folklore

Love will be in the air
Life will finally be fair

150 years from now all wars will have ended
People will be less angry and less offended
We’ll be proud to live in Canada and have freedom
And we’ll be the ones to help other countries get some


Ages 10 – 13 Category

1st Place

Arianne M. Andary Age 11

St. Marguerite D’Youville

“The Understanding”

A 12-year-old girl looked out the window, watching the clouds soar by like white flying cotton balls. All she could think about was awkward meeting between her and her father that would soon take place. “I know you haven’t seen your father in a while…”  “That’s an understatement,” She thought. “… but he really is looking forward to seeing to seeing you. Make an effort to smile, okay?” her mother pleaded. “Fine, but don’t expect me to be nice to him.” The rest of the ride was in silence. A couple minutes later, the Canadian Galaxy Exploration Center came into view, and her mother swiftly landed their aircraft. Immediately after landing, the seatbelts automatically unbuckled and the doors opened. Her mom gave her one last imploring look then pressed her fingers to the Touch ID padlock on the aircraft to lock it and slid out of the doors. The girl pulled up the hood of her temperature-detecting coat, shoved her hands into her pockets, and slowly got out of the aircraft; she didn’t care if they were late. Today was Canada’s 300th birthday and the crowds outside were massive. “Why all these people to celebrate a country?” she thought. “Who cares if the country’s old?” The line at the registry was long and it took nearly 30 minutes to check in. For her part, she appreciated the delay, but that feeling was quickly replaced by dread as soon as they took off toward the Exploration and Travel floor. The girl and her mom reached the platform that read: “Departure.” She hesitantly stepped off her hoverboard. She took out a small Touch ID square and gently tapped in on the hoverboard. Two metal wires sprung out, locking the hoverboard to the ground. They spotted a man walking towards them. He shook her mom’s hand, and touched the girl’s hair. Her mom gave her an expectant look, and she muttered: “Hi.” “Hi. So… I am off on a trip to the moon for a while, but I will send you a video letter when I come back, okay?” “Fine.” The young girl pictured a letter showing the cheery face of her dad. “Dad? How will you get to the moon?” She wished she could duck tape her mouth for asking that question. She should be mad at him instead. The question surprised her father. “…In the 2100s they took rockets, but luckily, I’ll take an elevator.” “Oh.” after a few minutes, her father boarded the elevator. She thought about it as she unlocked her hoverboard: “Fingerprint verified. Access approved.” As they flew through the enthusiastic crow, she understood. Her Dad had gone on a trip to discover and help Canada develop. The people celebrated because Canada thrived and developed through the years. And knowing that she finally understood almost made her want to stand up taller and cheer with the crowed. Almost.


Ages 10 – 13 Category

2nd Place

Matthew Ferrier Age 11

Academie Ste Cecile International School

“It was the war of 1812”

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Age 10 – 13 Category

3rd Place

Hannah Malus Age 12

Academie Ste Cecile International School


“[Canada] The Next 150: What’s The Future?”

Bright lights in the darkness.
What we think is our saviour,
But will cause our fall.
One light has already perished,
Passing unnoticed through the throng of luminosities.
Each glowing capsule turns away,
Shunning the darkened figure.
Afraid it will die like the other,
Just by looking at it.
But they glow on, like their life depended on it.
A light dies, the beholder dies,
That is the thinking of the community,
So dependent on these purposeless devices.
As the lights start to dim,
Slowly realization dawns upon the youth.
Their bonds breaking free from the blinding rays,
One beam all connected, but holds every individual captive.
Some are still under its power,
Unsuspecting and dead to the world.
Forever slaves to the never-ending cycle.

Ages 14+ Category

1st Place

Farah Ghafoor Age 16

Vincent Massey Secondary School

Canada 150 as a Drive-In Theatre


May the welcoming messages from the government keep playing on repeat in our bodies like our hearts are the screens of drive-in movies
May our ribs never be a series of hate crimes surrounding them
May we always break light in a way so that it spills on to other people
May we tattoo the film of our past cruelties on our skin to keep us humble
May we never get used to tragedies like the spilling of garbage on the nice leather seats.
May we keep buying tickets for people who can’t afford it
without the dagger of ulterior motive and interest
May we laugh the loudest through the droughts of day together,
popcorn and colas sweetening our tongues.


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