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James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards

Submission deadline is May 31


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The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award recognizes Aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent.

Every year up to six Aboriginal students each receive the award of $2,500.

The award is named after the Honourable James Bartleman who was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 2002 – 2007. Mr. Bartleman was the first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The award was set up as a legacy to his efforts in promoting literacy among Aboriginal youth.

Young Aboriginal Writers Receive James Bartleman Award

Ontario is honouring six young Aboriginal writers from across the province for writing outstanding stories that celebrate their cultures.

Past Recipients

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

Submission process

Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must:
  • be 18 years of age or under
  • self-identify as Aboriginal
  • attend a school in Ontario
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • be the author of an original creative writing piece (for example: short story, poem, essay, play or song) that has not in any part been copied.


There are two age categories:

  • Junior: up to 12 years of age
  • Senior: 13 – 18 years of age.

There are three geographic categories:

  • fly-in community
  • on reserve
  • off reserve (do not live in a fly-in community or on a reserve).

A junior and senior recipient is chosen from each geographic category. A maximum of six awards are presented each year.

How do I submit a creative writing piece?

To submit by post:

If submitting by post:

  • You will not be able to save any information you type in the submission form.
  • You will be able to type information in the form then print it, or print the form first then complete it by hand.
  • Please include your creative writing piece with the completed form prior to posting.
  1. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader Adobe Reader free from the Adobe website.
  2. Right-click and save the blank form on your computer desktop.
  3. First open Adobe Reader, then open the form saved on your computer desktop.
  4. Fill out the form according to the instructions.
  5. Print a copy of the completed form and creative writing piece for your records.
  6. Submit your completed form and creative writing piece by post.

When is the deadline?

The deadline is May 31 each year. If May 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, submissions are accepted the following business day.

You may make your submission at any time. Eligible submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.

How are recipients selected?

An independent selection committee of individuals from Aboriginal communities reviews the submissions and recommends the award recipients.

How are the awards presented?

Recipients will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in the Legislative Building in Toronto.

Need more information

Refer to the submission form to get more details about program requirements.

Contact Us

Email: ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca

Phone: 416-314-7526
Toll-free: 1-877-832-8622
TTY: 416-327-2391

Mail: Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
400 University Avenue, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2R9