Words From The Street

For over 15 years, Ve’ahavta has been hosting the Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest where people from across the GTA who are marginalized share their stories and nurture their talents. Each year, Ve’ahavta receives over 100 submissions that are adjudicated by a panel of judges, which has included such high-profile writers as Michael Ondaatje and Robert J. Sawyer. Winners are awarded donated monetary prizes at a public event where they read their works to an audience of over 200 people.

The Creative Writing Contest empowers the creative development of marginalized individuals in the following ways:

  • Cultivates a community of writers from a traditionally silenced population.
  • Develops valuable new communication skills and an enhanced sense of self-worth
  • Removes the isolation and the barriers individuals face when trying to connect their art and creativity to mainstream society

The 2017 Words from the Street Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday, June 25. Read the winning entries and see highlights from the event. 


“In a world of growing social and economic inequality, the Creative Writing Contest plays an important part in ensuring that voices from the margins are not being excluded from our cultural narrative.”
Jason Samilski, Creative Director, CUE Arts Initiative 

Download the Creative Writing Contest digital brochure.

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