Kid’s writing contest benefits literacy

If you know any kids who have writing aspirations, let them know about a great new contest sponsored by the CBC and several other corporations. Canadian kids 16 and under are invited to enter “Write 2000”, an online writing project that showcases the special talents of young writers. Sponsored by CBC4Kids, IBM Printing Systems, Chapters Online and Trafford Publishing, the project will produce a collection of stories that will be published on the Web and printed as an “on-demand” book, using the latest in publishing and printing technology.

Young writers can submit stories in various subject categories, including “Event of the Millennium”, “Space Station 2000”, and “Y3K Time Capsule”. The best entries in each category will be published and printed “on demand”, in a book that will be available for purchase online at, beginning in April 2000. Children can enter “Write 2000” through the CBC’s Web site listed below.

As well, by participating in “Write 2000”, young scribes have a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • First Prize — A complete IBM Aptiva 20U desktop computer system with software valued at approx. $1,499
  • Second Prize — A complete Trafford Publishing author’s package, which allows a child to have their own book published, valued at $1710.
  • Third Prize — A $250 online shopping spree at Chapters online.

The contest also shows the way of the publishing future: a marriage of electronics and paper that saves a lot of trees and ink. Selected submissions will be put together into a print-on-demand book by Trafford Publishing. Based in Victoria, B.C., Trafford offers to authors on-demand publishing services that combine conventional publishing services, print-on-demand manufacturing and Internet marketing and retailing. Complete books will be manufactured one at a time to fill incoming orders, using IBM’s latest digital printing technologies.