WCDR U25 Writing Contest sponsored by Inkslingers!

We are thrilled to announce our latest sponsor for the upcoming U25 Panel, Inkslingers!

Inkslingers will be sponsoring the WCDR U25 Writing Contest!

Young writers from Grade 8 to age 25 who attend the special RoundTable meeting next month, the U25 Panel, will be eligible to enter the contest. There will be two categories, one for Grade 8 to 16 years old, and another for 17 years old to 25 years old. Contest guidelines will be included in each young writer swag bag, along with a confirmation number which will be required to submit entries to the contest.

Why is this so exciting?

Winners in both categories will win a cash prize of $100! On top of that, winners will see their stories published in the WCDR’s newsletter, The Word Weaver. What does this mean? Your story could be in print! You could earn yourself a paid publishing credit!

Depending on the number of entries the judging committee will receive, an honourable mention in each category may be awarded—so the more of you enter, the better!



About Inkslingers

Inkslingers is the name for the many ways that Susan Lynn Reynolds and James Dewar (both Past Presidents of the WCDR) contribute to the success of any writers who wish to develop their skills. Whether it’s workshops, retreats, mentorships, self-publishing guidance, or any other form of assistance, James and Sue make a difference. James Dewar and Susan Lynn Reynolds have more than 25 years of teaching experience between them.

What Inkslingers has to say about U25 and the contest:

Inkslingers is dedicated to helping writers develop a lifelong love of the craft. We offer workshops, retreats, mentoring, editing and publishing services to assist writers at every level of expertise. We are thrilled to support the WCDR U25 Writing Contest. You’re never too young to enjoy the thrill of publication.

Thank you Inkslingers!



Who is judging the contest?

Susan Croft obtained a BA (Hons) in English and history from Queen’s University in 2010, and a law degree from the same institution in 2013.  Over the course of her long education, she was an editor for Ultraviolet Magazine; the liaison officer for the University of Aberdeen Storytelling Society; the senior student editor for The Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal; and the co-editor-in-chief of The Lamp: A Creative Writing Journal for Graduate and Professional Students, which she founded in 2010.  Since winning her first writing contest in grade 12, she has received a number of literary awards and scholarships, and her work has appeared—usually under the pen name G.L. Morgan—in a variety of publications, including Ars Medica, New Shoots, and the Word Weaver.  When not writing, Susan can be found reading, rock climbing, or trying (again) to teach herself Welsh.


M-E Girard is writer of contemporary fiction—mostly young adult fiction, usually queer fiction, and always about girls. She has completed her first Young Adult novel (a finalist in the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest), and has many more novel-length stories in the works. M-E was a fellow of the 2013 Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and is represented by Linda Epstein of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. M-E is a new-ish member of the WCDR but can be found everywhere, including all over this website, as well as on the WCDR literary blog, Reading As Writers, and facilitating its online critique group, RAW Critters. M-E is all over social media, and always trying to make blogging a more regular thing.


Jessica Moore is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Queen’s University, with a specialization in object theory, American hard-boiled detective fiction, and, more broadly, genre fiction. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Lamp, an international literary journal for graduate and professional students, and a writer herself, who strongly believes in the need to cultivate and realize the literary merit of commercial fiction.




Register for U25 now!