Fire up your keyboards: Library kicks off annual 50+ Short Story Contest


(press release)

Do you love writing short fiction? Are you 50 years old or more? Then put pen to paper or fire up your keyboard:  the Ottawa Public Library’s annual 50+ Short Story Contest starts Monday, April 2 and runs until May 31. This could be your time.

If you need help to start, or tips on how to improve your writing or a story you have been working on, the Ottawa Public Library has organized several writing workshops with local authors to help you:


Wednesday, April 4, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Michèle Vinet (in French)
St-Laurent branch

Wednesday, April 25, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English)
Main branch

Tuesday, May 1, 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Deborah-Anne Tunney (in English)
Blackburn Hamlet branch

Friday, May 4, 3 pm to 4 pm
Peter Scotchmer (in English)
Alta Vista branch

Monday, May 7, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Michèle Vinet (in French)
Orléans branch

Wednesday, May 9, 10 am to 11 am
Michèle Vinet (in French)
Le Patro d’Ottawa, 40 Cobourg

Thursday, May 10, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Michèle Vinet (in English)

The Good Companions

Senior Centre Without Walls

Phone-in workshop

Saturday, May 12, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Peter Scotchmer
Carlingwood branch

Registration is required for the writing workshops. Participants can register by going to the contest webpage at:

Entries must be submitted electronically on the contest webpage, by mail, or in person at your local branch. All details of the 50+ Short Story Contest are available online at


OttawaStart Staff


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