Each writer may submit one story, one poem, or one of each

Submissions must be no more than 1000 words

All entries must be submitted as a printed document delivered to the Canton Library by March 7, 2012 along with the Submission Form. (Submission forms are also available at the Library service desks.)

Winning entries will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges in categories for Elementary, Middle School, High School, Young Adult (19-30), and Adult

Prize-winning entries will be published in the Canton Citizen.  Awards presentations and readings will be held April 10, 2012, 7:00 pm in the Community Room at the Canton Public Library. For questions about the contest please contact Kathy Fox-Alfano at kfoxalfano@gmail.com

 is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, The Canton Cultural Council, and the Canton Citizen. 


A new opportunity this year for authors 19 and older, is a writing workshop on February 9, at 7:00 pm by Canton author Gregory Mone.   Mone is the author of several novels, for adults and children, and a work of humorous nonfiction. His book Fish won the 2011 Carol Otis Hurst Award for the best children's writing by a New England author. Mone has volunteered to lead a Fiction Writing Workshop during which authors can hone their writing skills in a two-hour class that will cover the basics of plot, character, narration and more. He'll review examples from great and not-so-great books, engage in a few writing exercises, and discuss your own writing. Ideally, participants will submit a piece of their own work - an idea, an opening paragraph, even a full story - beforehand for the group to discuss.   Class size is limited to twelve; writers may sign up at the main desk, first come, first served.

Participation in the Canton Writes Contest is not a requirement for participation in the writing workshop.