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!*


1. Open to Adults 16 years and up.
2. Entries must be submitted to “Eleanor McLaughlin Box 382, Beachburg Ont. K01C0” – postmarked by Thursday July 12, 2018
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 Stories and poems must be original and unpublished.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 29, 2018 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: Anything weather related.

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 Country living.

Class 42

Prize Money: $12, $10, $7, $4
An Essay: Maximum 2000 words

Theme : Penmanship vs the Electronic Age.

Class 43

Prize Money: $15, $10, $7, $4
An Acrostic story starting with:  ” Adjusting the change would take time……..”
The story must be 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 2017



I have a friend,” – words easy to utter;

They spout as glibly as a knife slips though butter.

But the friendship I speak of cannot be dismissed

With a few simple phrases like a child’s scrape that’s kissed.

Sages through all time have tried to explain

This uniqueness of mortals, but I’ll try again.

My friend is a lady — not all are extinct,

Good moral values and strength she has linked.

For solder she used the lessons of life,

And welded a code unaffected by strife.

I’m glad and I’m grateful the gods have seen fit

To have our paths cross and a friendship to knit.

For when spirits are low, or crises explode,

My friend helps me through and eases my load.

Or, when I’m excited — have great news to tell,

She shares in my joy and enhances the spell.

Her keen sense of humour – optimism ablaze,

Is contagious as measles – spreads as the sun’s rays.

These lines may seem silly, sentimental, or trite,

To some even stupid, but I know they’re right!

How fortunate I am to have such a friend!

May we be kindred spirits right on to the end.

Erma Bennett Johnson