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Shaw Rocket Prize Teen Writing Contest

Inspiring stories from Canada’s next generation of screenwriters


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In 2020, Shaw Rocket Fund partnered with Wattpad to inspire stories from Canada’s next generation of screenwriters.

We asked teen writers (13-17 years) to start writing a new Wattpad story they’d love to see adapted into a movie – about any topic, and in any genre. Writers of the top three stories each won a Microsoft Surface Pro 7, and the grand prize winner, 16-year-old Wattpad user AiringFiction, received a one-on-one mentoring session with acclaimed Canadian-American scriptwriter, Katie Ford, for her story The Prime Suspect.

When people die, they’re transported to the year that ultimately caused their death. Jace is glad to have finally escaped his high school experience of sports and secrets, until one night, his new life is taken away from him. Now stuck in 1994-with various suspects around him-Jace has to find out who killed him, and more importantly, how to stop them from doing it again.

Congratulations to our Shaw Rocket Prize Teen Writing Contest finalists!

These entries wowed our judges, and all three amazing authors received a Microsoft Surface Pro 7!

Congratulations to the following Wattpad users:

Well done to our winners, and thank you to every teen who shared their creativity with us during this time. The entries were tremendous, and we loved reading through them all.

“In an unprecedented time where teens across the country are isolating in their homes, we are so pleased to work with Wattpad to run this fantastic program to engage and celebrate the creativity of Canadian teens.”

– Agnes Augustin, Shaw Rocket Fund President & CEO

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