YA Magazine Announces Winners of Their Writers Contest

Organizers Giancarlo Mirabelli and Carolyn Flower
Montreal - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

YA Magazine’s YA Writers Contest invited students from Grades 1 to 11 sfrom the EMSB and LBPSB to submit handwritten, original, illustrated stories that were no longer than 12 pages, to Giancarlo Mirabelli, YA Magazine editor and teacher, and Carolyn Flower, published author and head of carolynflower.com Entrerprises Global.

Of the 1,000 entries submitted, 40 students from three grade categories at each school board were selected as finalists. These students were invited to attend the gala, walk the glamorous red carpet, and enjoy the award ceremony hosted by local comedian Guido Grasso.

Winners from the EMSB were:

Dante School

  • Sara Lijoi, Grade 4
  • Sandro Lijoi, Grade 6

East Hill

  • Alyssa Guaragna, Grade 6


  • Thomas Proctor, Grade 4

John F. Kennedy

  • Jenny Gagne
  • Cecile Castro, Grade 10

John Paul I

  • Cosimo Nicita, Grade 7
  • Erica Nudo, Grade 8

Leonardo Da Vinci

  • Clara Dilazzaro, Grade 6


  • Jaime Kunin, Grade 4
  • Sydney Schnurbach, Grade 4

Royal Vale

  • Neve Leblanc, Grade 3

Royal West Academy

  • Alexander Meleras, Grade 9


  • Gianna D'Amico, Grade 5
  • Liem Yiep, Grade 5 

Stories were judged by Concordia students, journalism professionals and literary experts. The winningstories will be compiled in an e-book titled Ya! Storybook, which will be available worldwide on Amazon in November. Congratulations to these soon-to-be-published authors.

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