Writing Contest Rules

    Eligibility and Rules:

  • Students (from any grade) must be attending the school in September 2022.
  • Entrants must be legal residents of BC.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Only single-author stories (no co-authored stories).
  • Family members of HMN employees and contest judges are ineligible.
  • Applicants must submit their stories in English, and in the language of the interviewed senior.
  • The translation into the ethnic language can be made by a parent or relative if the student cannot write in that language.
  • The students must ensure that the translations in the ethnic languages are grammatically correct and without spelling mistakes, ready for publishing.
  • The students may submit high resolution pictures of the interviewed person. Written parental approval is necessary if the students want to be included in pictures with their interviewed seniors.
  • Minors must have a parent or legal guardian sign an authorization form in order to participate.

  • Entry Procedure:

    Send an email to goldenroots2021@gmail.com answering the following questions:

  • Student’s name:
  •     Birthdate:
  •     School:
  •     Email:
  •     Phone:
  • Legal guardian’s name (if applicable):
  •     Email:
  •     Phone:
  • Explain why you are interested in this writing contest:
  • Who will support you with your writing process:
  • Do you commit to meeting the programme deadlines?

  • Story Format:

  • Story must be about a Canadian senior.
  • Story must be inspirational and positive, highlighting the subject person’s qualities and life accomplishments. Description of resilience despite obstacles and hardship is encouraged.
  • Story must be submitted in English and in the language of the interviewed senior.
  • Final manuscript must be saved in the DOCX format.
  • Don’t use clichés, for example; “in the nick of time”, or “head over heels.”
  • Don’t use idioms, for example; “stabbed in the back”, “costs an arm and a leg.”
  • Use short sentences, most non-fiction is written at an eighth-grade reading level.
  • Use short paragraphs, nothing turns off a reader more than an imposing block of text staring them in the face. 

  • Word Count:

  • No more than 5,000 words.
  • One current photo of the senior.
  • If the student writer is a minor and wants to be included in the photo, parental consent is required.
  • Please see the attached Golden Roots flier, and our website www.goldenroots.ca

  • A suggested outline for your story:

  • Background, place of birth, when moved to Canada, where living now, with what family members.
  • Challenges and accomplishments as a child, youth, adult.
  • Challenges and accomplishment as a senior.
  • What Senior appreciated most about life.
  • Senior’s wisdom pearls for today’s young people.
  • Great Cause/Transcendence.
  • What the student discovered/learned while participating in this project.
Golden Roots

is a writing project for Canadian students. They will interview and write the life story of a Canadian senior in their local community.

  • Phone: 604-200-1230
  • Email: goldenroots2021@gmail.com