Cornwall Joy

The May 31st due date has past. We are no longer accepting entries.
We hope to be running more contests soon, stay tuned!

What is this Contest?

At its core, the Cornwall Gosling Initiative is a writing contest for kids aged 10-12 with a focus on community. We will be running an online creative writing challenge that gives kids an outlet to express themselves, bolster a feeling of community, and use what they have learned in school in another way.

It is free to enter, and anyone who fits the criteria is encouraged to try their best and enter!

Who can enter?

This contest is open to anyone who is between the ages of 10-12, who lives in Cornwall or surrounding area, and who enjoys writing! There is no entry fee, and as long as you fit in the above category you are welcome to enter.

What do we write about?

For this year's Cornwall Gosling Initiative the theme is Cornwall Joy. We want participants to send us 250-500 words about a person, business, park, event, or anything that makes you happy about living in Cornwall, Ontario.

Can I involve my parents?

We do not expect every participant to be able to do this alone. Every contestant is encouraged to ask friends and family for ideas, to help brain storm, and for editing advice. However, it is only the 10-12 year olds who should be writing the contest entry.

How are winners chosen?

All entries will be read by a panel of local judges based on the same criteria:
-spelling and grammar
-Cornwall Connection or how closely it connects to the theme of Cornwall Joy

What can I win?

Three individuals will be chosen from all participants to receive a gift basket with a variety of local items as well as a $50 gift certificate to Chapters.

When is the deadline?

The last day anyone will be able to submit an entry with be May 31st, 2021. Anything received after midnight on that date will not qualify for any of the prizes.


So you have decided you want to enter this contest! We are so pleased to hear it!
Remember that, for this contest, we are looking for:
-250-500 words
-a piece on the subject of Cornwall Joy, something within our town that brings
you happiness-a person, place, business, activity, event, or anything at all, as
long as it happens in Cornwall, Ontario
-please include your name and how old you are in your email
-live in Cornwall or surrounding area (Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry, 
as well as Akwesasne).
To enter, you must be 10, 11, or 12 years old on May 31st, 2021, and you must reside in Cornwall, Ontario and area.

Submit your entry by emailing us at:


Please include your first and last name as well as your age. Winners will be contacted as soon as all entries have been read and judged. An announcement will be made once everyone who has won has been informed. Be aware that any submitted pieces might be used at the discretion of the event runners to help promote the contest and bolster positive community vibes.

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