Enter an Out of this World Writing Contest and Have Your Story Read in Space

Write a story, have it read in space. Credit: Canadian Space Agency.

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield announced a children’s writing contest yesterday with the opportunity that David Saint-Jacques will read the winning stories in space.

The writing contest was announced yesterday at the Toronto reference library by retired astronaut Chris Hadfield.

The contest is divided into three age categories; 9 to 12 years old, 13 to 15 years old and 16 years old and over. The story must be targeted to children aged 3-8, be original and have not have been previously published.

Hadfield said of the contest “books ignite the imagination and allow people of all ages to explore new worlds. This contest is a unique way to get young Canadians interested in the universe around them, by encouraging them to be creative and write a story about space.”

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques has two young children so this contest is something he’s looking forward to. “Even when my work takes me far from home, I like to keep the ritual of reading bedtime stories going. For me, it’s a special time to connect with my children, and books fuel children’s imagination. I’ll continue doing it from space. It would be great if I could read my children your story.”

The contest is now open and writers, or teams of writers, have until December 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET to submit their stories to the Canadian Space Agency website.

Chris Hadfield announces the contest

David Saint-Jacques invites you to participate

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactice Inc. Boucher has 18 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 25 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.