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. A  collection of 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.

Joining the Provincial Selection Committee

The selection of the provincial winners of the Young Authors Awards/Prix jeunes écrivains will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the OECTA Provincial Office in Toronto.

Teachers are invited to apply to serve on the Provincial Selection Committee. Representative teams of elementary and secondary teachers will be chosen to form sub-committees for the selection process. They will be provided with information regarding judging criteria and procedures.

Certificates will be issued to judges in recognition of their participation on the Provincial Selection Committee. They will also receive a small honorarium.They must provide their own transportation to and from the judging. Lunch will be provided.

Teachers can apply by completing the application form and emailing it to

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to act as a judge by March 29, 2019.

Please note that applications are due by March 25, 2019.


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