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General News · 19th December 2015
Sobhana - Cortes Literacy Now
Update: A bound copy of all of the 2015 Young Writer's stories is now available at the Cortes Island library (VIRL) as well as electronically (.pdf) below. Congratulations to all our young writers for their hard work and superior creativity!


Cortes Literacy Now is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Writer's Contest!

This year witnessed the largest number of entries thus far and an exceptionally high calibre of writing.

Age Category 9-12:

*Congratulations to first place winner, Sofia Nybida, age 10, for her winning entry One Last Look. Sofia will receive a prize of $100 for winning the competition in the 9-12 age category.

Second place goes to Asha Harvey, age 11, for Guardians of the Children's Forest

Third place goes to Merlin Nelson, age 10, for The Spectre

Honourable mentions to our youngest participants: Lily Isobel Smyth-Andrews, age 9, for A Voyage to Sea and Teyo Baskin-Brussel, age 9, for Adventure on Elephant Island.

Age Category 13-16:

*Congratulations to first place winner, Tosh Harvey, age 14, for his winning entry The Forbidden Island. Tosh will receive a prize of $100 for winning the competition in the 13-16 age category.

Second place goes to Tara Warkentin, age 16, for Orange was her Favourite Colour

Third place goes to Natalia Nybida, age 14, for Where I Belong

Honourable mentions to Dean Marino-Perdisa, age 14, for Trick or Treat, and Henry Mackay-Reed, age 13, for The Adventures of Rocco.


Congratulations to all our exceptionally creative young writers!

A huge note of thanks to our anonymous volunteer judges for taking time to carefully judge and provide feedback for each anonymous young writer!

The Young Writer's Contest is a chance for youth in the community to strengthen and sharpen their skills as creative writers, and a chance to receive acknowledgment and support from the community. This important literacy activity for youth would not be possible without the anonymous donors who have so generously donated the prize money for the last six years.


Cortes Literacy Now!