2021 McEntyre Writing Competition

Think Big! Start Small!

This year we would like you to write a creative story, poem or essay about how a small act can make a big difference in a community.

Think about what challenges we all face; how even one person can make a big difference; why we should care; how one gets involved and raises awareness. You might write about taking action for the environment, animal rights, or a social issue. Think about young activists like Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg and how their small acts have had such a big impact. Or think about any action that might bring about a change. And then use your imagination!

Be creative and remember, as always, to write about the theme in the context of community. You are welcome to write a story, poem or an essay. What you write is up to you – the aim is to be creative!


Who is eligible?

All students in elementary (grade 1–6) or secondary (grade 7–11) who go to school in Westmount, live in Westmount, or are members of a library in Westmount may compete.

How do I enter?

Please fill in the McEntyre form and submit your entry on the City of Westmount website.

  • Have your work ready to copy/paste into the form or upload in pdf or Word format.
  • Please do not include your personal information on the actual entry to ensure your work is evaluated anonymously.
  • For those who wish to submit an entry other than electronically, please contact Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian at 514-989-5357.
  • Your entry should be 1000 words or less. Longer entries will not be considered by the judges.
  • Only one entry per student, either in French or in English.

Submit your entry online by midnight on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.