In 2010, Golden Key International Honour Society held its 3rd National Annual Creative Writing Contest in collaboration with ING DIRECT. The Creative Writing Contest aimed at Grade 7 to 9 high school students generated many wonderful and genuinely original creations, and all participants should be proud of their short stories. The Top 3 winners were awarded with bursaries in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $300 courtesy of ING DIRECT. They were: Jordan Campbell who wrote “Little”, Emma Rockwood with “Indigo”, and Stephanie Liu’s “The McKenzie Home”. They were all inspiring stories about respect, diversity and integrity.
Golden Key and ING DIRECT share a mutual desire to encourage children to accomplish great things, whether through education or developing creativity and imagination. Golden Key’s mission is to enable members to realize their potential by connecting individuals, recognizing achievement and providing lifelong opportunity. “Since launching in 1997, ING DIRECT has been committed to helping children reach their full potential, and our partnership with Golden Key has once again allowed us to encourage and challenge young writers across the country. We hope that all participants continue to pursue their creative endeavors and we wish them much success in the future” said Marianne Tadros, ING DIRECT Spokesperson.
For 2011, Golden Key in collaboration with ING DIRECT is once again holding our National Creative Writing Contest. This contest originated from a local Golden Key – Concordia Chapter and ING DIRECT collaboration and has become an annual success since its inception. The purpose of the contest is to encourage participation, creativity, and achievement among young high school students.
The Creative Writing Contest is aimed at Grade 7 to 9 high school students across Canada. Submissions must be short stories of 300 to 700 words that use as a theme one of the Golden Key values: integrity, collaboration, innovation, respect, diversity, excellence, or engagement.
Each submission must clearly indicate the student’s full name, school, English teacher, and email address. The top 3 national winners will receive ING DIRECT bursaries in the amounts of $1000, $500 and $300.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: grammar/vocabulary, overall creativity, plot, character, and adherence to one of the themes.
All entries must be submitted to the students’ English teacher by April 15th, 2011. The local Golden Key chapter will review the entries. All winners will be notified by e-mail.