inCITE is an anthology of student writing and visual art published annually by CITE. Early in the academic year, the host conference school sends out a contest call inviting CIS Ontario schools to submit their three best student pieces across age-bands and writing forms. All students published in the anthology receive a copy of the book. Cash prizes are awarded for the best writing. Contest winners are announced at the annual CITE Conference.
2018 inCITE Writing Prompt:
Please make time to introduce the inCITE writing prompt to your students.
Select a recent or current event—local, national, or global—and use it to inspire a piece of creative non-fiction. Poems, essays, short stories, and photo essays are welcome. Photo submissions must include a 400-500 word explanatory paragraph providing both the context for the images and a rationale in terms of artistic vision.
Student entries should fit one of the following categories:
Poetry (up to 120 lines)
Short story (up to 1500 words)
Essay (up to 1500 words)
Photo essay (up to 10 images, accompanied by one 400-500 word explanatory paragraph)
Grade bands (one entry from each grade band from each school):
Q & A
Question: How do poetry and short stories fit the creative nonfiction requirement of this challenge?
Answer: See examples of creative nonfiction listed below.
Aspects of the contest can be journalistic and investigative, as many of Jan Wong’s pieces were for The Globe and Mail. (Jan Wong is our CITE 2018 keynote speaker.)
OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS
Please note that all work must be produced in the 2017-2018 academic year. All CIS school submissions will be published in the InCITE anthology, and the top three writers for each grade category will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes; in addition, prize-winning student authors will have the opportunity to participate in a writer's workshop hosted during the CITE conference. Students may be asked to read their piece during lunch.
English Departments are also encouraged to include student artwork submissions related to the theme.
- Teachers are asked to have the entries edited for mechanical and grammatical errors.
- The teacher, NOT the student, should submit the entries to Adrian Hoad-Reddick (firstname.lastname@example.org) as attached Word documents and high resolution (300 dpi) JPG files.
- Submission titles should include school name, student name, and grade.
- If your school has access to Turnitin.com (a site that checks for student originality), please submit student work ahead of time to avoid plagiarism.
Submission deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018
Past Winners & Publications