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.
This year's conference theme is "20/20 Vision." To have perfect vision, we need to see clearly not only what is in front of us, but also what is all around us.
To have true insight, we need to shine a light on what is not in plain sight. The late Toni Morrison, eminent and wise American author, shared this sentiment:
“If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
Tell the story that's not often told. Help us see what's not often seen. How can you help create a richer vision of our world in the 21st century?
Consider what stories you think need to be written that you've not yet seen. Write in whatever form you choose; a poem (120 lines max.); short fiction (1,500 words max.); creative non-fiction (1,500 words max.)
Owing to the theme of "20/20 Vision," we invite submissions to include a photograph.
- All work must be produced in the 2019-2020 academic year.
- All CIS school submissions will be published in the INCITE anthology, and the top three writers for each grade category will receive first, second and third prizes. Prize-winning authors will have the opportunity to participate in a writer's workshop hosted during the morning of the CITE Conference. Students may be asked to read their piece during lunch.
- English departments are encouraged to include student artwork related to the theme. (Please pass this along to the visual art teachers in your schools.)
- Teachers are encouraged to edit submissions for mechanical and grammatical errors.
- The teacher or department head, NOT the student, should submit the entries using the form below. Please provide Word or RTF text documents and high-resolution (300 dpi) JPG files.
- Submission titles should include school name, student name, and grade.
- If your school has access to Turnitin.com (a site that checks for student originality), please submit student work ahead of time to avoid plagiarism.