All Westmount elementary and high school students are invited to take part in this year’s McEntryre Writing Competition. This year.s theme is Secret Places, Hidden Treasures.
Everyone wants to find a hidden treasure. Just imagine stumbling across a treasure chest! Sunken ships hold endless amounts of wealth under the sea; a secret door in an old stone wall could open on to a new adventure. Treasures are hidden all around us, and all we have to do is search for them!
In 2017 residents will be celebrating two important birthdays. Montreal will be 375 years old, and Canada will be 150 years old. First inhabited by indigenous people, these two places were full of hidden treasures and secrets waiting to unfold. They continue to surprise and delight us today, and hold a wealth of stories in themselves.
Students attending elementary and high school, or Westmount residents attending schools outside of Westmount are invited to write a story, poem, or an essay. What you write is up to them. The aim is to be creative. Entries may be English or French and must be 1000 words or less written neatly by hand or typed on 8 1/2 x 11′” paper. For inspiration, winning entries from previous years can be viewed in the reference section.
The MeEntyre committee encourages students to be inspired to write about their secret places/hidden treasures. To use their imaginations, be creative and to write about the theme in the context of community.” Think of community not just as a town or neighbourhood, but as friends, family, teams, clubs, schools, libraries, work-places, places of worship, social movements, people living in different cultures, or others sharing our planet
Entries must be submitted… one per student … to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library 4574 Sherbrooke Street West by 9 p.m., April 7.
Judging will be based on creativity, writing style, and logical development of ideas. Art work will not be considered as part of the submission. Winners will be notified in May either at home or through the school.
Winners be invited to the Awards Ceremony, at Victoria Hall on Wednesday, June 7. Prizes include a monetary award ranging from $10 to $75. In addition, an inscribed book will be donated to the Westmount Public Library in the student’s honour. All winning entries become the property of the Westmount Public Library. For more information 514.989.5357 www.westlib.org
Who was Peter McEntyre?
Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.