Canton Writes, the Town-Wide short story and poetry contest, kicks off this week.  As in past years, there will be five categories for authors to enter: elementary school, middle school, high school, young adult (19 – 30) and adult.  A writer may submit an entry in either or both short story and poetry categories.  No entry may exceed one thousand words.

This year, the Canton Writes committee includes Chair Kathy Fox Alfano, Dottie Shea, Peg Mead, Joyce Wiseman, Michael Sundin, and Mark Lague.   Entries MUST be submitted via email in a “Rich-Text” or Microsoft Word format (no version later than 2007) to by March 1, along with a submission form.  All submissions should include: a Title that matches the submission form, Genre (Prose or Poetry) and Category (Elementary, Middle School, High School, Young Adult (19-30), or Adult.  Entries should NOT include your name. All entries will be kept anonymous, and Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges in each of the categories.  Winners will be notified by email and announced in the Canton Citizen on April 12. The awards night will be April 16 at the Canton Public Library.  Gold, Silver and Bronze award winning authors will also have the opportunity to read their work to the assembly.  

All participants who authorize a release with their submission form will be published in the Canton Writes 2013 print edition which will be available for purchase, and at a special price to authors on the awards night.

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

For questions about the contest please contact Kathy Fox-Alfano at