Calling all Indigenous artists and writers! Here is a great contest you should know about!

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Indigenous Arts & Stories is providing an opportunity for self-identified Indigenous youth (ages 6 to 29) to express themselves creatively!

Indigenous Arts & Stories began this contest in 2005 out of the success of “Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past,” published by Doubleday Canada, in which nine leading Indigenous authors from across Canada contributed a short fictional story about a defining moment in Indigenous history.

It quickly became the biggest and most recognizable creative writing competition in the country for Indigenous youth. In 2010, the program was further expanded to include the arts, allowing Indigenous artists to express themselves in more unique ways.

Participants are invited to submit a piece of writing or two-dimensional artwork with the theme of Indigenous identify, history, or culture.

Age categories are broken down as follows; 6-9, 10-13, 14-18, and 19-29.

The winner will receive up to $2,000, and there are a number of other great prizes as well. Groups of 6 or more have a chance to win a special classroom prize, so grab your artsy pals and team up!

All contest entries must be submitted by March 31st, 2018. You can submit your work one of three ways

There are also tools for teachers to assist students through the process and help to create a team to submit for the special classroom prizes. Click here for more information.