Welcome to Let’s Explore, East Gwillimbury Public Library’s 2020 Write On! Contest Anthology.

Since 1993, the East Gwillimbury Public Library has encouraged young writers to imagine and create, and Write On! Students in Grades 3-8 were invited to submit their work for inclusion in the 2020 Write On! Anthology.


Due to our unusual circumstances this year rather than our traditional launch party and print anthology we have created a digital platform to ensure that the hard and creative work of our young authors doesn’t go without recognition.

Congratulations to all the young writers who participated.

A digital foreward

to this anthology from

Virginia Hackson,

Mayor of the Town of East Gwillimbury


From The Friends of the EAst Gwillimbury  Library

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2020 is a year none of us will soon forget.

There were big changes in all our lives as we tried to understand our situation, stay healthy and protect those around us.  Perhaps you missed three months of school last spring and had to study at home.  Maybe you tried on-line learning or were already being home-schooled.  Whatever the case, times were difficult and unprecedented for both students and parents.

It is remarkable that four East Gwillimbury students submitted stories to the Write On contest under such special circumstances.  These young writers deserve to be recognized for their talent, self-discipline, and love of the craft.

The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library have sponsored the Write On! Contest for many years and this year is no exception.  We are delighted to participate in a virtual tribute and to offer a small prize for each of you.

Natalie, Carson, Eli and Devyn - keep on writing and reading and let’s hope next year’s contest will involve an event at the library with friends and family and a published book.


Catherine Brydon


A message from barry dempster,

local poet & Author

Sometimes it’s just the desire to write that’s important. It’s often deep in our unconscious and, if you follow that desire, you just might find that the work has been going on for years. You might find that you’re meant to be there, not only because of what you write, but also because of what you represent, show, teach—what you’re able to do for other people. 

about the illustrations

The illustrations were specially created for each story by York Region illustrator, Cheryl E. Ulrig. Cheryl has a passion for the arts – and it shows in her art, writing and workshops. Her work appears in published children's books, magazines and newspapers.

The Stories



Grade 6


Grade 8



Grade 5



Thank You

The East Gwillimbury Public Library would like to thank all those who volunteered their time and talent in the production of this digital anthology. 

To the principals, teachers, and teacher-librarians for encouraging their students to write and participate. 

And to the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Public Library for the financial support that made this digital anthology possible.