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Contest Roundup!

September 20, 2017

To make it even easier than checking our Festival Contests page, which already gives you a great view of  most of the contests we’re running, we’re also putting together a list of the contests we’re running and some of our partners are running. You’ll need to act fast on these because the deadlines are coming up very quick!


Click on the contest name to be taken to the contest page to learn how to enter and the contest rules. 

Pre-Festival Contests


Teen Spirit Prize Bonanza

Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 5:00pm

  • To Look A Nazi in the Eye by Kathy Kacer, with Jordana Leibowitz
  • Caterpillars Can’t Swim by Liane Shaw
  • On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold
  • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather T. Smith
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
  • Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
  • Escape From Syria by Samya Kullab
  • An issue of  Geist 105


Toronto Book Awards 2017: I Hear She’s a Real Bitch

Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 5:00pm
Prize: Signed copy of Jen Agg’s I Hear She’s a Real Bitch


Open Book’s A Book For Everyone Contest

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 12:00pm

  • Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jonathan Sun
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  • Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith
  • Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles
  • Just Cool It! by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington
  • Akilak’s Adventure by Deborah Kigjukalik Webster
  • True Confessions from the Ninth Concession by Dan Needles
  • A copy of literary magazine GEIST


Kids are Readers, too!

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 5:00pm

  • The Winnowing by Vikki Vansickle
  • Les dragouilles en vacances by Maxim Cyr & Karine Gottot
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono
  • Akilak’s Adventure by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster
  • The Owl and the Lemming by Roselynn Akulukjuk
  • A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley
  • Jump, Leap, Count Sheep! by Geraldo Valério
  • Ma branche préférée by Mireille Messier
  • Louis parmi les spectres by Fanny Britt


WOTS in a Life?

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 5:00pm

  • Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution by Linda Silver Dranoff
  • Bad Engine by Michael Dennis
  • Searching for Petronius Totem by Peter Unwin
  • Mitzi Bytes by Kerry Clare
  • Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy by Manjusha Pawagi
  • Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides
  • A Brief History of Oversharing by Shawn Hitchins
  • Two-Man Tent by Robert Chafe
  • Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont
  • True Confessions from the Ninth Concession by Dan Needles
  • An issue of Geist magazine


Toronto Book Awards 2017: Any Other Way

Deadline: Friday, September 22, 5:00pm
Prize: A copy of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer signed by the editors


Toronto Star’s Wonderlist

Deadline: Monday, September 25, 9:00am
Prize: A festival library of The Word On The Street, worth close to $2,000.00


Contests at the Festival

Francophone Slam

Deadline: You can sign up at the festival or by emailing
Prize: Book prize pack and a Kindle Voyage from

Kindle Voyage features a high-resolution, high contrast display, an adaptive front light and page turns with Page Press buttons. All Kindle e-readers hold thousands of books, have battery life measured in weeks not hours, and are lightweight and easy to read with for hours.