Fireside Publishing House

Fireside Publishing House

March 02, 2010 03:00 ET

Got a Book In You?

Students: Win a kids' book writing contract by submitting one chapter and a one-page outline

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - A Toronto-area publisher will award a book publishing contract to a university, college or high school student (or a recent graduate) who writes the best first chapter and one page outline of a kids' historical fiction adventure novel.

The book will be part of Fireside Publishing House's Leaders & Legacies series on Canada's prime ministers and other notable Canadian leaders. The series places actual figures from Canadian history within fictional stories at or about age 12. For instance, in Book One of the series (The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder: An Early Adventure of John Diefenbaker), a young Diefenbaker solves the murder of his neighbour in Borden, Saskatchewan.

In this new adventure, and in keeping within the rules of historical fiction, former Prime Minister Paul Martin would have been 12 years old in the summer of 1951. Although he lived in Ottawa by this time, he spent most of his summer days in Windsor, Ontario, where he was born. So the aspiring student writer would need to create their mystery-adventure story with the setting in Windsor, Ontario, circa 1951. (Since school is out in the summer it gives the writer more flexibility.)

"It's great to be a part of the Leaders & Legacies series," said Mr. Martin. "I always wanted to be a detective and now I've got the chance."

(See for more tips and contest guidelines.)

For the $65 entry fee, the student will receive:

  • a complimentary copy of Book One in the series to gain a greater understanding of the series
  • individual feedback for every student who enters.
  • a copy of Fireside Publishing House's standard book publishing contract to review

Anyone currently enrolled in an accredited university, college or high school is eligible or recent graduates within one year of graduation.

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