Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Young Authors Awards

Catholic teachers are proud to sponsor the annual Young Authors Awards/Prix Jeunes Écrivains. The awards celebrate the writing talents and accomplishments of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, who submit short stories, poems, and nonfiction articles (e.g. reflection or report) written in either English or French.

There are three levels of competition: School, Unit, and Provincial. The first place winners at the School level advance to the Unit level and the first place winners in each Unit advance to the Provincial competition.

The first place winners at the School level advance to the unit level, and a  collection of the winning entries is published in book form each year.

Provincial winners are announced at the June Council of Presidents and certificates are issued to all provincial entries.  Provincial plaques will be issued to all provincial winners and provincial winners will be published in a commemorative booklet.

For more information, please contact your School’s OECTA Staff Representatives.


Grades 1-2 Short Story
Grades 3-4 Poem
Grades 5-6 Non-Fiction
Grades 7-8 Play (secondary divisions only)
Grades 9-10  
Grades 11-12