The Annual Magazine of High School Writing
Windscript has been publishing the best of Saskatchewan high school students' literature since 1983. The SWG is proud to support the fresh, original work of student writers. We thank teachers and librarians who encourage their students to submit their creations.
Submission deadline for the next issue is December 15, 2022.
To assist students with the Windscript submission process, we have developed a Windscript Workbook which provides visual examples, best tips, and insights into the editing process.
Please note that as in all writing competitions, these guidelines are important and must be followed in order for a submission to be accepted.
Writers selected for publication will go through an editing process with the editor(s) and will receive payment at the standard SWG rates, as well as 2 complimentary copies of Windscript.
The editing process consists of revising the content, organization, grammar, and presentation of a piece of writing to enhance the writer’s voice. Students should submit their best work and be prepared to work collaboratively with the editor(s) to take their work to the next level. For example, the editor(s) may ask you to expand a scene or may suggest word choice changes. Editor(s) will communicate with students by email; timely and attentive communication is crucial to the process so students should check their email often.
Those submitting must be:
- Saskatchewan-based high school students. Students can submit creative writing in any and all forms including poetry and prose (fiction and creative nonfiction).
- Students do not have to be members of the SWG.
Submissions must be:
- All work must be original from start to finish. Submissions that are proven to be plagiarised will not be accepted and the submitter will be banned from submitting to Windscript.
Plagiarism, whether from the web, from other students, or from published sources (digital or print) is a serious writing offense. Plagiarism is the presentation of words or thoughts of someone else as if they were your own – exceptions are proverbial sayings or common knowledge. Avoid charges of plagiarizing by acknowledging your sources in the submission and be sure that all words and phrases from the source are in quotation marks.
- Writers must submit their own work directly – submissions cannot be made by a third party (such as a parent or teacher).
- You must proofread your manuscript before submission
- You may submit up to six poems and two prose pieces (which do not exceed 1500 words each)
- Windscript does not accept pieces with multiple authors or images.
Always keep a copy of your submitted work. Submissions will not be returned.
Please email the following as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with Windscript Submission in the subject line:
- A cover letter that includes:
- Your name, phone number, email address, and mailing address (PO Box/land location OR your house number and street name + the city/town name and postal code)
- The genre of writing you are submitting (fiction, poetry, nonfiction)
- The title(s) of your poems or stories
- The name, address, and phone number of your school
- Your teacher’s name and email address
- If under 18, the name, email, phone number of your parent/guardian
- A 50-word biography written in the third person that will appear in the magazine should your submission(s) be published.
- Write the cover letter in a Word doc or docx file and attach it to your email. Please do not submit PDF’s or links (like from Google Docs). Download the file and attach it to your email. For security reasons, links will not be clicked on.
- Your cover letter should be named “first name, last name – cover letter”
- Each submission properly formatted:
- Do not put more than one poem or prose piece on a page. Each piece of writing should be its own document. Your file names must be as follows: magazine_title_genre (example: Windscript_The Raven_Poetry)
- Type each piece in 12 pt. plain text font (such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier), and prose must be double spaced.
- Number each page.
- Put the title on each submission and each page of the manuscript.
- Submit documents in .doc or .docx formats. Please do not submit PDF’s or links (like from Google Docs) to your work. Download each file and attach it to the email. For security reasons, links will not be clicked on
If you have questions, please email email@example.com
Each year awards are handed out to contributors of Windscript. Congratulations to the winners.
The Jerrett Enns Award recognizes excellence in poetry and prose writing. Named for Victor Jerrett Enns, Executive Director of the SWG from 1982-1988.
- 2022 - Abigail Friesen (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Silvana Gebremeskel (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2021 - Sohila Elgedawi (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Kamryn Havin (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2020 - Sohila Elgedawi (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Sarah-Marie Nadeau (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2019 - Trinity Squirrel (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Rebekah Fehr (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2018 - Meghan Reyda-Molnar (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Tia Pechawis (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2017 - Ashley Harder (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Kendall Bistretzan (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2016 - Mairyn Rackow (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Andrew Adair (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
- 2015 - Gloria Sun (Jerrett Enns Award for Poetry)
Leanne Dombowsky (Jerrett Enns Award for Prose)
The Currie-Hyland Prize is awarded for excellence in poetry to a high school student living outside Regina or Saskatoon. Established in 1992, the award honours Robert Currie and Gary Hyland in recognition of the literary excellence they achieved and their commitment to their students.
- 2022 - Megan Mineau
- 2021 - Georgina Doyle
- 2020 - Emily Zbaraschuk
- 2019 - Annika Olson
- 2018 - Chad Kitchen
- 2017 - Tiana Lafreniere
- 2016 - Brooklyn Denton
- 2015 - Sam Letendre
History and Archived Volumes
1983 Windscript was created by Victor Jerrett Enns, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild from 1982 to 1988 His enthusiasm and determination kept the magazine alive in its fist years until permanent funding could be found.
1985 Permanent funding for Windscript is established.
1985-2003 Windscript is distributed free to all high schools and libraries in Saskatchewan.
2004 Funding sources were no longer available and the print publishing of the magazine was replaced by electronic versions through the Guild’s website.
2011 Due to popular demand from students and teachers, Windscript returns to print, while remaining available online.
Today Over 1000 writers have been published in Windscript and it is distributed free to all high schools and libraries in Saskatchewan.
For earlier Volumes, please contact the SWG office.
Copies of archived volumes are available for free through the SWG office and are an excellent classroom resource showcasing published youth writing. Current issues are $5/issue. We reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person.
For more information, please contact:
T: 306.791.7746 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org