2017 ESA Student Poetry Contest

And the winners are:

Each of these students will receive a copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, as well as a print edition of this year’s edition of the ESsays Creative Writing Blog, Letters Vol III.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Tuesday May 16th

There are a few tickets still available to take part on the field trip to Harbourfront for the Ontario Library Association Festival of Trees.

The Festival of Trees is Canada’s equivalent of a rock concert for young readers!

  • Spend the day with your friends and your favourite Canadian YA authors.
  • Enjoy everything there is to experience on a lovely spring day on the Toronto waterfront.

The initial schedule is available at the Festival of Trees (Toronto) webpage.

  • Keep checking back as additional authors and events keep getting added right up until the day of.

Permission forms are available, in hard copy, from Ms. Wray in the Library.

OR… you may access electronic copies using these links:

Remaining tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Festival of Trees @ Harbourfront: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the official White Pine ceremony @ 10:00am on Tuesday May 16th.

Volunteers are needed to help out as each of presenters, sign holders and awards announcers.
  • Presenters only need to prepare a very short one minute introduction to their author.
  • Sign holders have to hold a sign to shepherd their author onto the stage, and then stand behind the author holding the sign up during the ceremony.
  • Awards announcers do not need to prepare anything, they only need to each open an envelope and read the card inside, one for the list of finalists and one for the winner.
Any students who are interested in volunteering should contact Ms. Wray ASAP.
  • Community service hours are available.

National Poetry Month: Griffin Poetry Prize

Week 3 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 4 we are pleased to announce another Poetry Contest for member of the ESA Community.  The wonderful folks who run the Griffin Poetry Prize – who are the very same folks behind Poetry in Voice – are running a contest to Guess the Winners of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prizes.

  • Winners will be randomly drawn after the deadline – June 8th 2017 – and each will receive a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.

The ESA Library is running a parallel contest.

  • Everyone who enters the ‘real’ Griffin Poetry Contest should also advise the ESA Library as to their choices using this Google Form.
  • We will draw randomly from everyone who submits to our parallel contest… and the winner will go home with their own personal copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.
  • You must enter the ESA Library parallel contest by the end of the day Friday June 8th to be eligible.
  • Should it turn out that anyone – or more – who enters our contest correctly chooses both winners…  then we will, a second time, randomly draw names… and that winner will go home with a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.

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REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail: enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…

Poetry in Voice: National Finals… and Library Hours the week of April 18th

Ms. Wray and Gr 10 Drama Major Katie Beale  are off to Vancouver this week…  where Katie will be competing at the National Finals for Poetry in Voice.

  • Support Katie by using #2017poetryinvoice or #recite2017

Don’t miss out on any of the action. Watch online:

Then be sure to tune in on Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm Eastern Daylight Time

  • Whether you’re in Hay River or Antigonish, Grosse Île or Moose Jaw, join us at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre via our livestream as we celebrate the power of poetry, name our 2017 National Champions, and award over $25,000 in prizes.

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On account of Ms. Wray’s absence this week…

  • The Library will be not be open, in the mornings, until sometime around or after 8:00am.
  • The Library will be closing early – at 3:45pm – each day after school (Tues/Wed/Thurs).
  • The Library will not be open – as indeed it usually is not – after school on Friday.

The Library will return to regular before and after school hours the week following – when Ms. Wray is back – but there are a number of special events during the day the last week of April which will see the Library open only by invitation at certain times.

  • Details of these events will be posted next weekend.

 

National Poetry Month

Week 2 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 3 we are pleased to announce a number of Poetry Contests – with approaching deadlines – that students are encouraged to enter. Of particular note are:

These are but a sampling of poetry – and related – writing contests which are open throughout the year and welcome student submissions.  For a full inventory, and additional information about these and other contests, please refer to this shared Google Doc (mostly updated for this year!!)

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REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail: enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…

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Canada Reads: Student Contest

Hot off the presses!  At 3:55pm, on Friday March 10th, Canada Reads launched a new student competition on CBC Radio’s Here & Now.

  • The competition is simple! Students in Grades 7-12 enrolled in a school in the GTA are invited to make a written submission of 100-150 words, telling us a story about their favourite Toronto spot (neighbourhood, street corner, park, you name it)… We’re looking for stories that inspire us to explore our city and to see it through the eyes of young people.
  • The prize for the winning entry is a classroom visit from Canada Reads host, Ali Hassan and panellist, Humble The Poet—defender of Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis!

Get writing!!  Entries are due by 11:59pm on Monday March 20th.

If you submit…  please do consider sharing your story with the ESA Library…  so we can share them with the rest of the school.