THANK YOU for submitting your stories! 

We are excited to read your creative stories and are now in the process of finding our 2016 Write for a Better World contest Winner!  

We will be announcing the winners in May!




the prizes
  • Our guest judge is the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner Jonathan Auxier!
  • Write an original story describing what happens next in 400 words or less:
    People often say that “every person is the hero of their own story.” What they don’t you is that sometimes you are villain in someone else’s story. This is the story of the day I learned that lesson the hard way.”

What is Write for a Better World?

  • Write for a Better World is a national writing contest open to students in Grades 5 to 8 that aims to inspire a sense of global citizenship in Canada’s youth. Formerly known as ‘Write/Right to Read,’ the contest has engaged more than 6,300 Canadian students since 2008!
  • We believe that global citizens are ready for a world of opportunities and capable of being inquirers, thinkers and risk takers by looking beyond their own perspectives. Each year we have a special guest judge who creates the theme, opening the page for imagination. The rest is up to the students…
  • The program has attracted the support of numerous award-winning Canadian children’s authors, including Kenneth Oppel, Arthur Slade, Deborah Ellis, Eric Walters, Kelley Armstrong and Kathy Stinson.
    Extended Submission Deadline: April 25th 2016          

Teaching Tool

the prizes
First Place wins

  •  $500!
  •  one-on-one Skype time with Jonathan Auxier!
  •  2 ‘WE Day’ tickets!

WE Day

The Write for a Better World winner will receive two tickets (one for themselves and one for their parent or guardian), to attend the We Day nearest them!  WE Day is a day-long educational event that celebrates the power of young people to make a positive difference in the world. The event is free for youth to attend, with tickets earned through a commitment to one local and one global action. WE Day showcases all causes and issues young people care about, and brings together musicians, actors, and thought-leaders to inspire youth and celebrate their actions and impacts. Free The Children currently hosts 15 WE Day events across Canada, the US and the UK, inspiring 200,000 youth from 10,000 schools every year.

The contest winner will have the opportunity to choose one WE Day event taking place in the following cities.  Dates TBD.

  • Toronto, Ontario – Fall 2016
  • Vancouver, British Columbia– Fall 2016
  • Calgary, Alberta – Fall 2016
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Fall 2016
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia – Fall 2016
  • Ottawa, Ontario – Fall 2016
  • Montreal, Quebec – Spring 2017
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Spring 2017

In addition, the winner’s two tickets will also include the opportunity to attend a special reception the afternoon prior to WE Day, called An Evening of Inspiration.  This event honours WE Day’s biggest champions; the youth, educators and schools who have worked tirelessly to generate real change in thousands of local and global communities. The winner and a guest will have the chance to join this more intimate event, which will feature remarks and performances from speakers taking the We Day stage the next day, as well as some incredible young people. *Note: The winner and his/her parent or guardian will be responsible for all costs not associated with the prize package, including travel and accommodation required to attend WE Day, if applicable.

Top 9 Finalists win

  • $50!

Top 10 Winners:

  • Become published authors in a collectable magazine and online!
  • Receive a copy of Jonathan Auxier’s “The Night Gardener”!
  • World Map!
  • World Literacy Canada swag!


Tell friends

Spread the word about the contest by telling your friends to enter! Download this PDF poster (8.5*11”) and ask to put it up on your school’s bulletin board! Follow us and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter for Write for a Better World updates, and the announcement of the winners!

The judges

A committee of children’s writers and educators will judge the entries. Jonathan Auxier will select the first place winner. Stories will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • On Target: Has the writer written about a place and culture that is different from their own? Is there indication that the author learned something about the culture?
  • Creativity: How unique is the writer’s approach to the topic?
  • Clarity and organization: How is the story organized? Is there a clear beginning, middle and ending?
  • Spelling and Grammar
  • Main Character: Is the main character well-written? Does he/she represent the ideals of global citizenship?


Conest Details

  • Entries must not exceed 400 words. Contestants must be in Grades 5 to 8 at the time of entry.
  • All writing must be the work of the child entering the contest. Children who usually dictate their work to a scribe may do so.
  • All entries must include a completed entry form with parent/guardian information.
  • The top ten winners and their schools will be contacted and informed of the achievement. Winners will be announced on World Literacy Canada’s website and social media channels!


World Literacy Canada gratefully acknowledges the support of our 2016 contest sponsor:



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