After her hippie British parents are murdered, Lilly is raised at a Sufi shrine in Morocco. As a young woman she goes on pilgrimage to Harar, Ethiopia, where she teaches Qur’an to children. But even swathed in a traditional headscarf, Lilly can’t escape being marked as a foreigner. Forced to flee Ethiopia for England, she must once again confront the riddle of who she is and where she belongs.
This year’s OBOA Writing Contest invites you to consider the meaning of “Home” focussing
on your sense of place, migration, home or lack of home.
Feel free to interpret the theme of this contest in any way that speaks to you, keeping in mind the overarching theme of “Home”.
Send your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Deadline: Sept. 27, 2019
Winners to be announced at APL’s
Ontario Public Library Week Open House, via email or phone.
Rules, terms & conditions:
The contest is open to individuals ages 16+.
Submissions can be in any genre, but must be original and unpublished in any form.
Maximum length 10 pages, double-spaced.
Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.
Manuscripts will not be returned, but the author retains all rights to his/her work.
Winning authors must be willing to have their stories published in the online edition of the
Library’s quarterly magazine, Borealis, along with their photograph and a short bio.
APL Employees/ Board members / Judges and their immediate families are ineligible to win.