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Winners of the Inaugural Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest Announced

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Winners of the Inaugural Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest Announced

The Writer's Trust of Canada has announced the winners for the first annual Canada-wide Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Student Nonfiction Writing Contest. The contest was established in order to encourage the writing talents of young Canadians and to inspire them to pursue their craft.

Out of more than 400 received submission from grade 9 – 12 students across Canada, 18-year-old Ashley Ash from Toronto took home the $2,500 grand prize, as well as a $1,000 prize for her school, in recognition for her memoir “No One’s Girl,” based on her experience with foster care. Her essay has been published online at macleans.ca and she will be honoured on stage at the 2014 Hilary Weston Prize gala on October 14 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

A second-place prize of $500 was awarded to 17-year-old Juliette Dandenault from Montreal for her offbeat piece on neighbourly bonds, “His Darlings, the Trees.” Third place, and $250, went to 16-year-old Janelle Rowsell from Kanata, Ontario for her account of growing up, “Paper Clocks.”

The essays by all three winners, and a selection of honourable mention recipients, are available to read on The Writer's Trust website.

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