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Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards

Win cash prizes and get published!

Are you an aspiring writer or poet? Enter your work in the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards for a chance to receive recognition from acclaimed literary celebrities, win cash prizes, and for your work to be printed in our annual publication, The Changing Image.

Contest Details:

Please read the Rules and Guidelines, and Frequently Asked Questions, before entering the contest.

The contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

Winners of the 2016 contest and publication details for The Changing Image are expected to be announced mid-May.

About the Contest

The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Awards began in 1967 as a Centennial project, created by Dorothy Shoemaker, Kitchener Public Library's Chief Librarian from 1944 to 1971.

In 1996, government funding for the Literary Awards was eliminated. To ensure the Awards could continue, Dorothy Shoemaker made a significant personal donation. In 2000, Dorothy Shoemaker died at the age of 94. However, her legacy of support for aspiring writers continues today through her ongoing endowment.

Questions? For more information, please contact:

Sheila Bauman
Events Planner
Kitchener Public Library
Tel: 519.743.0271 x254


Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation
Dorothy Shoemaker