What is it?
The Youth Literary Derby is a horse-themed writing contest designed to engage Ontario-resident youngsters in Grades 5 through 8.
There are divisions for both poems and essays with content to be based upon encounters and impressions gleaned from visits to local Standardbred breeding farms in the midst of foaling season in April and May. In cases where visiting local farms is not an option due to location, a video will be posted on the website to showcase the subject matter.
The three prize winners per category will receive $250, $150 and $100 respectively, and identical amounts will be donated to the entrant’s school or local library if home schooled.
What’s the Purpose?
The purpose of the contest is to encourage writing skills and literacy through up-close encounters with Standardbred foals. Participants will express their impressions of these young horses in prose or verse.
When will it happen?
All entries must be received by June 15, 2018 and winners will be announced by mid-September.
How will it be judged?
Entries will be adjudicated strictly on academic merit and by qualified individuals.
Who’s Behind it?
This contest is designed loosely around a similar one organized years ago by longtime horseman, author, poet and publisher, Bill Galvin.
This time Bill has the assistance of volunteers from within the harness racing industry.