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Writing DiverCity is The Word On The Street's first fiction contest for writers under 35 and aims to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of emerging Canadian talent.
Leading up to our 28th festival, The Word On The Street is running its first ever writing contest. Writing DiverCity is a fiction contest for writers under 35, and aims to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of emerging Canadian talent. We are encouraging participation from all backgrounds, orientations, and identifications to show the variety and vibrancy of Canadian writers.
Phoebe Wang is a poet, reviewer and educator based in Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements, appeared with McClelland and Stewart in Spring 2017. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Maisonneuve, Ricepaper Magazine, and THIS Magazine. She has been twice been a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and won the 2015 Prism International Poetry contest. She has also taught creative writing workshops through Artscape Youngplace and currently works at Seneca College.
Elyse Friedman has written for screens large and small, radio, magazines, and the stage. She is the author, most recently, of The Answer to Everything (HarperCollins Canada). Her work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, The Toronto Book Award, and the ReLit Award, and has won a gold National Magazine Award for fiction.
Ian Williams is the author of Personals, Not Anyone’s Anything, and You Know Who You Are. He was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, the ReLit Prize for poetry, and winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC. His first novel, Reproduction, is forthcoming from Random House.
First Prize: $1500
Second Prize: $750
Third Prize: $250
The three winning entries will be previewed in our Toronto Star insert on September 23, 2017, published in full on The Word On The Street Toronto’s website, and featured on stage at The Word On The Street festival on September 24, 2017.