The Toronto Star Short Story Contest

From the online edition of the paper…

  • This year’s contest runs until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
  • The winner will receive $5,000 and a creative writing course from The Humber School for Writers.
  • The second-place winner will take home a $2,000 prize, while third place will be awarded $1,000.
  • The winner can choose a 30-week creative writing correspondence program, valued at $3,000, at Humber, or a week-long summer workshop, worth $1,000, at the college’s Lakeshore campus in Toronto.
  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of the Humber School for Writers and narrowed down to a short list. The three winners will then be selected from that list by city librarian Vickery Bowles, award-winning author and journalist Kamal Al-Solaylee, Toronto Star books editor Deborah Dundas, and the Star’s former theatre critic Richard Ouzounian.

FULL DETAILS available here. 

  • You must be 16 years old to enter.
  • If you’re not 16 this year, plan ahead for next year or the year after.

The List!

Drop by the Library and pick up your personal copy of the Toronto Public Library booklet ‘The List”…  Great Reads for Youth.

I’m delighted to day that we have many of the recommended titles her in the Library at ESA…  just saying…

Find lots more great reads and reading ideas at TPL Teen Reads.

Toronto Public Library: Lest We Forget

Monday Oct 23rd to Wed Oct 25th

  • Library CLOSED all periods except Grade 10 Major (Per 2 and Per 6)
  • Laura Freeman, Toronto Public Library Outreach Librarian, will be with us for Lest We Forget… an opportunity for ALL Grade 10 History students to engage with Primary Source materials belonging to soldiers who fought in WWI
  • Refer to the attached schedule of classes.

Join us before school, at lunch and after school for regular hours and operations.

Lest We Forget Schedule

Toronto Public Library Card Blitz

All ESA students are eligible for, and strongly encouraged to have, a Toronto Public Library (TPL) card.

  • The TDSB no longer provides access to databases and other resources which are otherwise available through the Toronto Public Library.
  • Other public library systems – i.e. Mississauga, or Halton – may not provide access to some databases which you might be required to access for school purposes.

The ESA Library officially begins a card blitz on Monday, September 11th, when the Grade 9’s began their Orientation Sessions.

  • All Grade 9 students will have had the opportunity to complete a TPL Library Card application form (as necessary) by the time they are finished their Orientation Sessions.
  • Grade 9’s should please wait to complete the TPL Library card application form when they come to the Library for their Orientation Session.

Any student in Grades 10 – 12 who does not have a current and valid TPL Library Card should see Ms. Wray in the Library at lunchtime (or before or after school) to fill out an application form.

Applications for TPL cards must be returned to the Library by no later than Wednesday September 27th for processing.

Advance Notice!!

LIBRARY CLOSURES next week…  Please be advised that the Library will be CLOSED all day, except for the Gr 10 Major period (2/6) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week for Toronto Public Library workshops.

  • We are hosting the Lest We Forget collection for three days.
  • All Grade 10 History students will get the opportunity to work with primary source materials from Canadian soldiers who fought in WW1.

Any Staff who are on Prep during these periods are welcome to drop by and share in the experience.

Movin’ On Up

Today is the day!  Welcome to all of our incoming Grade 9 students and parents.

We’re looking forward to meeting you in the Library in just a little while. For your (later) reference, here are links to the presentations shared during each of the student and parent sessions.

  • Parents were provided with copies of both the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark and the ESA Bookmark during their session.

If you were unable to attend, or have any (further) questions, please don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to enid.wray <at>