Sheree Fitch Prize for Teen Writers

Short story or poem written by teens age 13 to 18

  • For short story–up to 4,000 words; for poem–up to 100 lines
  • Entry fee is $5 (Scholarships are available -- contact
  • Only two submissions per person
  • First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize 1 year WFNB membership

2024 Judge: Jay McGrath

Jay McGrath is an emerging author, originally from Branch, NL and currently resides in Mount Pearl, NL. Born into a community of storytellers, Jay has been putting pen to paper his whole life and enjoys writing speculative fiction.

He holds an Arts Degree with a double major in English and History, as well as, a Business Degree from Memorial University. He also completed his Master of Arts in History. His debut novel, We’d Rather Fight Than Eat is available through Flanker Press.

His second novel is due out in Fall 2024. He is one of the hosts of the Writer’s NL podcast Inkpod. You can follow his Author Page on Facebook

2022 - 2023 Judge: Hope Dalvay


First Place: Charlotte Upright (Moncton, NB), A Valley of Burnt Skies

Second Place: Grace Pusey (Grand Bay-Westfield, NB), Floopinsbag, Duffelnoth, and Sir George the Scared

Third Place: Liam Johnson (Saint John, NB), Winter’s Claws

2021 - 2022 Judge: Lana Button


First Place: Meaghan Whittier, Through a Child’s Eyes

Second Place: Tori Garnett, Teenage Years

Third Place: Caleb Bulmer, The Main Act

Honourable Mention: Simon Hatfield, A Desperately Needed Change

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