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  • Stories can be about any topic the entrant chooses, as long as it’s original, unpublished, and amounts to less than 2,500 words.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.
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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.

Library Closures

Two closures of note.

Wednesday May 24th: As noted on the announcements on Tuesday morning…

  • The Library will be closed before school on Wednesday for the Staff Appreciation Brunch hosted by Music Theatre and the Show Choir parent group.
  • Thank you in advance for what we’re sure will be a most delicious feast!

Friday May 26th: The Library will be CLOSED all morning.

  • We are looking forward to our final Visiting Author session for this year.
  • We are the ‘winners’ of a free session with TDSB Writer in Residence Jael Richardson.
  • Free visits with TDSB Writers in Residence are one of the benefits of participating in the TDSB Just Read It! programme.
  • Thanks to everyone in the ESA community who submitted book recommendations to Just Read It!… It’s because of you we’re getting this morning of workshops.  Keep submitting!!

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: Hall of Mirrors by American poet Ted Berrigan.

We miss something now
as we think about it
Let’s see: eat, sleep & dream, read
A good book, by Robert Stone
Be alone

Knew of it first
in New York City. Couldn’t find it
in Ann Arbor, though
I like it here
Had to go back to New York
Found it on the Upper West Side
there

I can’t live with you
But you live
here in my heart
You keep me alive and alert
aware of something missing
going on

I woke up today just in time
to introduce a poet
then to hear him read his rhymes
so unlike mine        & not bad
as I’d thought another time

no breakfast, so no feeling fine.

Then I couldn’t find the party, afterwards
then I did
then I talked with you.

Now it’s back
& a good thing for us
It’s letting us be wise, that’s why
it’s being left up in the air
You can see it, there
as you look, in your eyes

Now it’s yours & now it’s yours & mine.
We’ll have another look, another time.

Ted Berrigan.  Born in Rhode Island, Ted Berrigan is considered a major figure of the “second generation” of the New York School of poetry. His work is conversational and expansive, and he often collaborated with other New York poets such as Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, and Anne Waldman.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: Song by English poet Edmund Waller.

“Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Tell her that’s young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.

Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Edmund Waller, like many other English poets of his day, was swept up in the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In the 1640s, he was arrested, nearly executed, and then banished from England for a number of years before he was able to safely return. Ideologically adaptable, Waller wrote poems praising both Cromwell and King Charles II.

Busy Week coming in the Library… Limited access at times

We have a very busy week coming in the Library.  Access to the Library will be restricted to participating students during the following times:

  • Monday April 24th, Period 4: Local Etobicoke Lakeshore MP James Maloney (part of the RepDay programme run by Civix, the same people that bring us Student Vote) will be in to talk to Gr 10 Civics students about how government works.
  • Tuesday April 25th, Periods 5&6: We welcome author, cartoonist, broadcaster (and more!) Kevin Sylvester in for the morning to work with Grade 9 and 10 English classes.
  • Wednesday April 26th, Periods 1&2: We welcome Canadian Poet Moez Surani.  In addition to working with students taking Writer’s Craft, Moez will be working with students in WORD and the Jewish Culture Club to help create an artistic/performance piece in response to the graffiti incident last month.
  • Thursday April 27th, before school and Period 5: All graduating Grade 12’s are invited to join us in the Library – doors open at 8:15am – for the annual Grad Breakfast.  Students who have not already completed the TDSB Grade Exit Survey or voted for Valedictorian will be able to do so at the breakfast.
  • Friday April 28th, Periods 3&4: We welcome local poet, artist and educator Andrea Thompson for a Spoken Word workshop with students from all grades…  our ‘Grand Finale’ to our National Poetry Month events and activities.

Friday April 28th is also Final Friday Fun Day… this month we have some extra special programming coming out way courtesy of PoW.

  • Details to follow on Thursday…
  • Reminder – in advance – that the Library will be tech free for the lunch hour.