CUPE Ontario’s Racial Justice Committee would like to alert members to a writing competition for Toronto youth ages 11 to 17.

The City of Toronto is holding a writing contest in honour of Black History Month. Young people are invited to share a story about black Torontonians, past or present, who have contributed to Toronto’s diverse heritage and history.

All submissions should be 500 words or less. Stories may take the form of an essay, poem, song lyrics, letter, or any other form of creative writing. Entries must be in by Tuesday, February 16, 2016 to qualify.

Two winners will be selected from each of two age categories: ages 11 to 13 and ages 14 to 17. Winners will be invited to read their entry (optional) during the Mayor’s Black History Month reception on Tuesday, February 23 at Toronto City Hall. Each winner will receive a recognition scroll signed by the Mayor, including an achievement plaque, and the winners’ submissions will be placed on the City of Toronto’s website and social media channels.

More information on the contest can be found here.