Creative Writing

Download Beachburg Fair Entry Form

Chairperson – Heather Campbell (613) 582-3257
Committee –  Jean Robinson (613)582-3597 , Eleanor McLaughlin (613)-582-3441

*Please note the early submission date of July 12, 2018!*

The Theme of the fair is “Canada’s Birthday & Our 160th” & the Slogan – “Celebrating 160 Years of Tradition”

1. Open to Adults 16 years and up.
2. Entries must be submitted to “Eleanor McLaughlin Box 382, Beachburg Ont. K01C0” – postmarked by Wednesday July 12, 2017
Contestants must be willing to have their entries on display in the Exhibition Hall during the Fair.
3. Stories and poems must be original and unpublished.
4.a) The cover page must include author’s name, address and phone number, the title and class number(39, 40, 41, 42, 43). This info must not appear on the entry itself.      b)Submit 2 copies of your entry (one for the judge, one for display). The judge will write private comments (critique) of your work on one of the copies. Please include an 8″x10″ Self-Addressed stamped Envelope if you wish to receive your critiqued copy.
5. Entries must be typed in English on a computer or typewriter, preferably double spaced, the class number typed at the beginning of your entry (ex. Class 41 – A Story for Children) and the total word count or (poetry lines) printed at the end of your entry.

6. Entries are limited to one per person per class. An entry fee of $2 for a single entry, $4 flat fee (max) for multiple entries, cheques payable to “Beachburg Agricultural Society”, must accompany entries.
7. Judging will be done by a qualified judge. It will be “blind judging”  ( No names or identifying features are to be on the entries.) The judge’s decision will be final.                                             8. Prize money can be picked up at the Secretary’s office on Sunday July 30, 2017 or it will be mailed.

Class 39

Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4
Short Story: Fiction or non-fiction; maximum 2000 words. Open topic.

Class 40

Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4
A poem: Minimum 12 lines, Maximum 42 lines.
Topic: Friendship

Class 41

Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4
A Story for Children: Maximum 1000 words.
Targeted age: 6 to 12 years
A story related to a rural fair.

Class 42

Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4
An Essay: Maximum 2000 words                                                Theme: Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday.

Class 43

Prize Money: $15, $10, $7, $4
An Acrostic story starting with:  ” A feeling of panic overwhelmed………”
The story must have 26 sentences that tell a full story (beginning, middle and end) using the sequence of the English Alphabet to start each sentence (2nd sentence starting with B, 3rd with C, etc.) The story must have a plot and be in multi-paragraph form, as you would for any story. There is no maximum or minimum number of words.


Winning Poem 2016

A Farm Story

There are stories my Father told me which are with me though he is now gone,

Stories from a life of adventure, for his life was both well-lived and long.

He was raised on farms around Beachburg, finished his schooling in town,

He served in the air force during the war, and we’re thankful he made it safe home.

One of the stories I’ll tell you today started while he was away;

You see Dad loved Ayrshire cattle the best and he planned to farm with them someday.

His dad, my grandfather, knew this of course and with faith that his son would return,

Went shopping one day at a sale in Quebec and brought 3 purebred Ayrshire cows home.

He cared for them diligently, said not a word, until Harold arrived back again,

And dad was quite thrilled when grandpa at last presented those 3 cows to him.

So dad added more lovely cows to his herd, their milk so creamy and thick,

With their huge soulful eyes and their brown and white coats, no better cow could you pick.

Then, some years later, disastrous news, Brucellosis was found in the herd,

The only choice was to take them away to be slaughtered, a terrible word!

Grandma she cried when the trucks passed on by, you could just see the horns sticking up,

O’er the racks, and the silence once they were gone, was enough to make some men give up.

Dad was heartsick for certain, the family stunned, it would have been easy to quit,

But dad didn’t do that, he soldiered ahead, built a herd up again bit by bit.

He had Holstein this time and they did serve him well as he farmed on for many years more,

And his faith and commitment to this way of life showed a strength we could all use for sure.

That was just one example, one story, one time, there were many more over the years

And just like all people who work on the farms, who know struggle, heartache and tears,

There are many more stories of happy times shared, and achievements too many to tell,

But the country folk are of a breed all their own, they work hard and serve the land well!

Hat’s off to our farmers, and my father as well, Its they who have made our land strong.

I am proud of the legacy farmers provide, and I know it will last on and on.

Poem by Jean Robinson