Writers aged 8-12 are welcome to take part in our 7th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day Story Contest, based on Dahl’s novel THE WITCHES. The deadline is this Friday (October 28).
Write a short story (1500 words Maximum) based on the following scenario:
Being a witchophile (or witch detective), you get an anonymous note that says Ms Weathervane, the owner of a hugely popular new art and antiques store in your neighbourhhood, who has messy, blue hair and always wears long, white gloves, is secretly a witch. Worse, it states that she only sells children’s books and toys to lure kids into her shop and kill them.
You pack your trusty guide to spotting witches, Roald Dahl’s THE WITCHES, visit the shop, and look for telltale clues. Is Ms Weathervane really a dangerous witch? Or is this charmingly eccentric, hipster shop-owner the target of a smear campaign by a jealous, mean-spirited rival merchant?
Send your story to email@example.com by noon on Friday. October 28.
Judges will award prizes to the top stories at the 2016 Toronto Roald Dahl Day celebration on Saturday, November 12 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers (AKA Bloor) Cinema. For times and tickets, click here.
Did you know that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the legendary British children’s author’s birth? We’ll celebrate the centenary with a special screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, featuring the late great Gene Wilder as Wonka. Don’t miss this chance to see Dahl’s favourite film based on his novels on a big screen!
There will also be inventive DIY (Dahl-It-Yourself) crafts and a whizzpopping poll to figure out who Toronto considers to be the most heroic kid and the hands-down scariest villain in all of Roald Dahl’s books.
Treat your family to a day of “pure imagination.” For tickets to the 2016 Toronto Roald Dahl Day, click here.