For over 20 years, Shaw Rocket Fund has been investing in Canadian-made, world-class media content for children and youth viewers. As a vital partner of the children’s media sector, Shaw Rocket Fund supports initiatives that reflect Canadian values and diversity, advocate for emerging talent in innovative ways, and drive the industry forward for all Canadian youth.

Introducing the Shaw Rocket Fund Accelerator Writing Contest

As part of Shaw Rocket Fund’s ongoing commitment to championing quality children’s content, we’ve teamed up with Wattpad and production partner, Shaftesbury, to create inclusive narratives for Canadian teens.

Now is your chance to have your story heard and to win the opportunity of a lifetime!

The Shaw Rocket Fund Accelerator Writing Contest is intended as a three-year program. We are excited to be working with a new production partner each year, and are thrilled that Shaftesbury is joining us for 2020 as our inaugural partner.

How To Enter

In 1,500 words or less, write the beginning of a compelling story on the Wattpad platform aimed at a teen audience. Your characters, themes, and settings should be rooted in diversity and reflect the narratives that Canadian teens would like to see brought to life.

Your story can be about ANYTHING, as long as it portrays an inclusive storyline, a diverse cast and is aimed at a teen audience.

Enter the Contest

The Prizes

The grand prize winner will receive a virtual internship with Shaftesbury, where their winning entry will be adapted into a 10-part narrative podcast!

This grand-prize winner will also receive;

  • A $3,000 option agreement from Wattpad to secure the rights to the winning submission
  • Access to the virtual writer’s room at Shaftesbury
  • Coaching by Wattpad studios editorial team
  • 3 x one-on-one mentorship sessions by a publishing professional to help you get your novel finished.

All remaining 9 finalists will all receive a virtual mentorship session with Wattpad’s Talent Team and/or Wattpad Talent!

Before the winner is selected our 10 finalists will have their story featured on the @RocketFund Wattpad profile in a reading list, along with a sticker identifying their stories as finalists.

Enter the Contest

For FAQs and full contest T&C’s please visit the Wattpad platform.

Shaw Rocket Fund - Teen Writing Contest