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Diverse Minds - Creative Writing Competition

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B’nai Brith Canada is proud to launch an exciting educational initiative that promotes diversity and teaches valuable lessons of inclusion and tolerance to both elementary and high school students.

The Diverse Minds Writing Competition offers an opportunity for Grade 9 – 12 students to reflect about these values and create a story for elementary school age children sharing how they can improve our own communities.

Our inaugural competition will take place this Fall in Manitoba but will soon take place across Canada.

On this occasion, we invite ALL Manitoba high school students to be part of this exciting challenge and become an active human rights role model!

GENERAL GUIDELINES

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The Diverse Minds Writing Competition is open to ALL Grade 9 – 12 high school students within the Province of Manitoba.

Students can work and apply individually or in groups of two.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Students interested in participating will write and illustrate a children’s book for elementary school-age children and present an original story of diversity, tolerance and inclusion. Stories must be submitted before the deadline.

Students are expected to create children’s books that show a positive message on how these values can improve our own communities. The stories will be written and illustrated for young kids (Grade K- 5) where the kids can easily relate and identify themselves.

Story ideas will depend on each individual student’s imagination. There are a wide range of issues that could be explored, such as bullying, equal rights, accepting those who are different from you, social and gender issues, religious and cultural tolerance, etc.

Submissions must be a minimum of 16 pages and no longer than 24 pages in total, and include a complete story and full-colour illustrations. Each page should contain text and artwork that are related to deliver the intended message.  

A cover letter must be included with your submission indicating:

  • Full name of the student author(s) and/ or illustrator(s)
  • Address, email, phone number of the author(s)
  • Name of high school and address
  • Full name and contact information of the student’s teacher or supervisor
  • A short bio of the student author(s) – no longer than 400 words

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca

WHERE TO SEND:

Submissions can be sent via mail, courier or by email.

B’nai Brith Canada - Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition

C403 123 Doncaster St.Winnipeg, Manitoba R3N 2B2

To send by email: diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca

All participants will receive an email confirming their submissions. If you haven’t received a confirmation email after a week of submitting your story, please contact us.

WHEN:

Deadline for ALL submissions is March 15, 2019

CHECKLIST:

  • Children’s book
  • Cover letter

PRIZES:

First Place will receive a cash reward of $3,000 PLUS get their book published!

Second Place will receive cash reward of $1,500

Third Place will receive a cash reward of $500

Teacher Prize: $500 for the teacher who supervises the first-place winner book

School Prize: $500 for the school of the first-place winning student

All winners will be notified by May-June 2019

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

Once submitted, all entries will be property of B'nai B'rith Canada. B'nai B'rith retains all rights to the content and distribution of the books.

The winning book will be professionally published and copies will be donated to public libraries, elementary schools and non-profit organizations within the local community. B’nai B’rith retains all rights to the published books.

JUDGING PANEL:

Several community leaders representing Manitoba will form our Judging Panel including political officials, educators, artists, writers and local celebrities.

The Judging Panel will choose the first, second and third-place winners from the group of finalists.  

Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, artistic and writing skill, clarity of the message, and adequacy of the story to the audience.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

We welcome new sponsors to participate and get involved in this unique educational initiative. If you are interested in sponsoring the Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition, please feel free to contact us.

CONTACT US:

For any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at diverseminds@bnaibrith.ca.

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