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9th Annual Poetry & Short Story Writing Contest for Youth – Silence

In partnership with Words Aloud we’re pleased to announce our 9th Annual Youth Writing Competition – the theme this year is “Silence”. The deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Click on the poster below for more information or download the entry form and rules.

The young visual artists can design a “Silence” themed bookmark and enter our second Children and Youth Bookmark Contest! There will be two categories, junior (ages 6-12) and senior (13-18) and the deadline for entry is October 28th, 2016. Download the contest template and rules for more information.


The Spelling Bee is ON!

Current reports show visibility is good but roads are slushy in some areas- so the Spelling Bee is on for tonight!

In brief:

Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub at 365 10th Street in Hanover, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

The BEE begins at 6:30 – if you want dinner, please plan on arriving earlier. Spectators welcome!

Or get more details.

A big thanks to a great group of supporters!! These sponsors each gave a team (or two!) a leg up for the spelling competition…

Bumblebee Sponsors
Elizabeth Hahn
Germania Mutual Insurance
Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre, Chesley
Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. (Miller Group)

Spelling Bee Sponsorships for Early Bees

Just two weeks to the 3rd Annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee. Adults teams of 3-4 put their heads together to spell wonderful words – and raise funds for Youth Literacy – in a night of fun and friendly (?) competition!

And this year, the early bees can get the worm… so to speak. There are several sponsorships from local businesses like Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. and Hatten Building Centre (thanks, all!) that are available to teams who register early!

Get your entry in to or 467 10th St, Ste 303, Hanover, for a chance to get a sponsorship, which includes a Buzz-off or Re-Buzz for your team! Unsponsored teams shell out $25 or even $50 for these little buzzers!


The 3rd annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee for Adult Teams is back!

This is your chance to earn bragging rights and raise funds for the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and its programs to help kids struggling with reading, writing and math skills. You don’t have to be a stellar speller – it’s a team effort, and all teams need quarterbacks, too!

In years past up to 14 teams duked it out – Last year, Hanover’s Library Word-Nerds took best costume and the top prize, too! Apis spellifera got best name.  The prize for Most Room for Improvement went to the Condo Girls.  Bee-witched earned a prize for Most Pledges. The Library Word-Nerds ultimately took top spelling honours – who will take top prize this year? 

This is a wonderful evening out for those in service and social clubs; we’ve had almost one-third of our contestants from organizations like yours.

Scroll down for a team entry form, the rules, sponsorship form, and a poster for distribution.  Here are 8 ways to help:

  1. Gather/be on a team
  2. Sponsor a team
  3. Hang a poster
  4. Talk up the BEE
  5. Contribute a prize (well, 4 prizes – one for each member of the team)
  6. Come and join in the fun, whether you’re a participant, sponsor, donor or spectator!
  7. Be ready to vote (costume, name), Audience Choice (spirit), and to buy Rebuzzes, Buzz-offs and Stingers on behalf of your favourite team to help keep them in the contest.
  8. Stick around to the very end and cheer on the finalists!

This year we are at Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub at 365 10th Street in Hanover, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  The BEE begins at 6:30 – if you want dinner, please plan on arriving earlier.

Remember – the team entry fee is $25 per team members, but there will also be chances to support youth literacy through buying your way back in, throwing out a word and passing a real stinker onto another team.  Also, you and your supporters can vote as often as you want to for best name and best costume!

Looking forward to seeing you at the BEE!

Kimm Culkin
SGB Youth Literacy Council

The Forms

Sponsor registration form 2016

Team entry form 2016

Spelling Bee Rules

The Poster


8th Annual Youth Writing Competition Winners


For the twelfth year, The South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council has recognized promising young writers. This year, they added promising young designers to the list, too.

All contestants had to use the theme of “Ghosts”. This year’s writing winners were all from the Grades 4-6 age group, drawn from impressive entries from Sullivan, Dawnview, Hanover Heights, and Edge Hill schools, as well as some wonderful entries from homeschoolers. Prizes were awarded for both French and English creations in poetry and short story, with winners announced at the Words Aloud family production, The Ghosts of Grey County, a rollicking, freewheeling performance that included entertainers as young as 7, along with seasoned performers, in a tribute to some of the famous sons and daughters that this area has produced. The production and award ceremony was at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton on Sunday, November 1st.

Winning competition entrants included:

French poetry:
Winner Skylar Lina
Runner-up Brooklyn Doersam
French short story:
Winner Ava Mackenzie
Runner-up Keira Charbonneau
Honourable mentions Sarah van der heide
Chas Nuhn
Kaylee Lantz
English poetry:
Winner Shiloh Newton
Runner-up Laiki McKenzie
English short story:
Winner Oxtlan Early
Runners-up Prema Mellor
Silas Early

The bookmark design contest declared its first junior winner (ages 6-12): Kinsley Cobean, 12. Kinsley managed to work a joke into her design.


Bookmark runner-up was Jelena Jerkovic, and honourable mentions went to Sophie Graham and Violet Klages.

M.C. Bob Bainborough, who is also a writer, had some words of encouragement for all participants, telling them they were creating “a little bit of magic out of thin air” when they wrote stories or drew designs.

All writing winners and runners-up received cash prizes, donated by the Friends of the West Grey Library, Hanover Public Library and QUILL (Quality in Lifelong Learning) Learning Centre. The Words Aloud Festival donated free tickets to the winners, runners-up, honourable mentions and their families. The bookmark design winner and runner-up received prize packages of art supplies and free tickets to The Ghosts of Grey County. Mandy Rhody Zuk, of the Auditory Health Centre in Walkerton and a committed literacy supporter, sponsored the production venue.

Participants in Youth Literacy’s drama workshops (Literacy on its Feet) made their presence known as performers in The Ghosts of Grey County, along with the production’s creators Steve Morel and Jenny Parsons. Both performers are actively involved in the improv workshops for children and youth, which link literacy skills with performance skills. The results were, shall we say, dramatic?

Kimm Culkin
SGB Youth Literacy Council