INCITE is an anthology of student writing and visual art published annually by CITE. The host conference school sends out a contest call inviting CIS Ontario schools to submit their three best student pieces across age-bands and writing forms each fall. All students published in the anthology receive a copy. Cash prizes are awarded for the best writing. Contest winners are announced at the annual CITE Conference and are often asked to present their work.


Submissions closed February 4, 2022. Winners will be announced at the annual CITE conference on April 30, 2022. 

INCITE is our annual student writing competition. This year we are excited to announce that our judge is Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine. Winners will receive prizes and their entries will be published in our annual INCITE book.

Prompt: Write a Thriller

You arrive, in a small group, at a mysterious place. An abandoned castle or cabin deep in the forest, perhaps, or a cave, or even an empty amusement park since reclaimed by nature. This place keeps secrets. You’re about to uncover them. 

~ Parachute into the story right where the prompt begins. The reader needs to anticipate multiple possibilities, and as the story unfolds, they will figure out which is the truth. 

Each school may submit one entry per grade category for a total of three:

  • Grades 7 & 8
  • Grades 8 & 10
  • Grades 11 & 12

Types of Narratives for the Contest:

  • Poetry – up to 120 lines
  • Short Stories – up to 1500 words
  • Essays – up to 1500 words
  • Dramatic scenes—up to 1200 words
  • Photo essays – up to 5 images, accompanied by one 400-500 word explanatory paragraph

Schools are also encouraged to submit artwork to be included in the INCITE publication.

Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine

INCITE 2022 Judge, Amy Stuart, author of Still Mine


INCITE - click on an issue to view the anthology

CIS Ontario: Students Programs: INCITE


Adrian Hoad-Reddick
Principal, Middle School
Hillfield Strathallan College


For hard copies of INCITE ($20 each) please contact:

Ellen Palmer
English Teacher
Appleby College

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

INCITE provides a publishing opportunity for aspiring authors and visual artists to showcase their creativity.