Toronto Star and the Toronto Public Library Set to Launch Canada's Biggest Short Story Contest

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2012) - Do you think you've got a good story to tell?

If you do, there's a prestigious writing contest that offers you a chance to tell that story to readers across Canada, to earn a lucrative cash prize and to study with some of the most experienced creative writing teachers in the country.

Starting Saturday, January 7, aspiring writers and authors can enter the Toronto Star's 2012 Short Story Contest, one of the largest in North America.

The contest, which is now in its 34th year and is open to all Ontario residents aged 16 and older, attracted nearly 2,100 entries last year. Previous winners have come from all parts of the province and from a wide range of personal and work-related backgrounds.

The winner of the contest will receive a grand prize of $5,000 plus the tuition fee for the 30-week creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers, worth approximately $3,000. In addition, the second-place winner will receive a prize of $2,000 and the third-place winner will receive $1,000.

For the third consecutive year, the Toronto Public Library is a partner with the Star in presenting the contest. "The library is very pleased to join the Star in encouraging writers of this wonderful literary form. We know there are thousands of stories waiting to be told, and we wish all this year's entrants the best of luck," said Jane Pyper, city librarian of the Toronto Public Library.

The Humber School for Writers is also a partner in the contest.

The judges for the 2012 contest are Jessica Westhead, author of the short story collection And Also Sharks; Jane Pyper, city librarian of the Toronto Public Library; Richard Ouzounian, theatre critic for the Toronto Star and author of six books; and Dianne Rinehart, the Star's books editor.

The winners will be announced in April during the library's Keep Toronto Reading Festival. . Their stories will be published in the Toronto Star.

Deadline for submitting entries is Feb. 26, 2012. Stories must be written in English and must not exceed 2,500 words. For full contest rules, please visit

About the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online ( by 3.0 million readers every week. The Toronto Star is a division of Star Media Group, which includes, Torstar Syndication Services, The Grid, Sway Magazine and The Canadian Immigrant. Star Media Group also includes the jointly owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax, and the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, which is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.

About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is the world's business urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 32 million items.

Contact Information:

Toronto Star
Bob Hepburn
Director, Community Relations and Communications
(416) 869-4947

Toronto Public Library
Edward Karek
Communications Officer