First Page Writing Contest Coming Soon!

CBC Books’ national creative writing challenge for Grades 7 to 12 students is coming back!

The First Page will be open for the entire month of February 2022.

The Challenge: Write the first page of a novel (300-400 words) imagining how a current day issue or trend has played out in 150 years. The book could be from any literary genre, from mystery or thriller to literary fiction, from adventure or romance to satire or science fiction.

Prizes: The winner of each category will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, which delivers monthly boxes of books and literary-related goodies. The school library of each winner will also receive a donation of 50 books.

Teacher Guides: Visit for discussion questions and writing tips from Canadian writers, like Cory Doctorow, Linwood Barclay, Fonda Lee, Cherie Dimaline, Erin Bow, Katherena Vermette and M.G. Vassanji.

The First Page archive: Read the stories of all our past winners and finalists here.

Everything you need to know about the challenge can be found at