The NOTL Writers `Circle`s 5th Annual Rising Spirits Writing Contest is now open!

The NOTL Writers `Circle is pleased to announce that the 2017 Rising Spirits Writing Contest is now open and proudly celebrating Canada’s 150thbirthday. With amazing winning prize packages and the opportunity to be published in the Rising Spirits Anthology, the NOTL Writers‘ Circle invites writers in the Niagara Region to submit short stories and poetry on the theme of The Canadian Spirit. 

The Old Winery, the TD Group, The NOTL Public Library, Niagara Historical Society and Museum,  Niagara College (part-time studies), Niagara Realty, The Shaw Festival, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Ghost Walks, and Taste the Town Tours are some of  The NOTL Writers’ Circle community partners.

Entries are now open for fiction and non-fiction short stories, and poetry (up to 2500 words).  The deadline is August 30th. There is also the Youth category sponsored by Crabtree Publishing and the TD Bank Group for high school students 14 – 18 years of age with a deadline of September 15th. Winners will be acknowledged at the Rising Spirits Celebration which will be held on Sunday, October 29th at The Cellar, The Old Winery`s spectacular event space. The Rising Spirits Awards Celebration has grown into an extraordinary community event with storytelling, music, wine, and special guest speakers. 

Sharing work with others is of vital importance to everyone who loves to write and one of the reasons The NOTL Writers’ Circle was originally formed. NOTL Writers’ Circle member and past winner of the Rising Spirits Contest, Bill Hamilton, says, “My experience with the Writer’s Circle has led to a reawakening of my passion to write.” 

Director and founder, Hermine Steinberg, believes passion for reading and writing can be contagious, a wonderful form of personal expression as well as a profound way of building connections between people. “Each of our stories is a thread woven into the Canadian tapestry, creating our national identity,” she explains.

As an educator and writer, she especially hopes that Rising Spirits will provide young people with an opportunity to have their voices heard and experience the power of the written word. Last year, first place winner of the Youth category, Lauren Bertone, received a $200 cash prize sponsored by Crabtree Publishing, a medal, and had her work was published in the Rising Spirits anthology. Bailee Huebert and Megan vanVliet won 2nd and 3rd places respectively. This year with TD Bank coming on board to support our youth initiative, we are expanding our program and hoping to engage even more young people through the contest.

Entry forms and contest rules are available online at www.notlwriterscircle.com .