The Yukon Quest (Short) Story Contest

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019
Open to all youth, Submissions accepted from around the world

The Yukon Quest and The Yukon Literacy Coalition are very excited to work together once again to bring The Yukon Quest (Short) Story Contest to you! It was such a success in the past that we’ve decided to do it all over again.

Here are some of our guidelines:
• Two age categories (gr.1-3 and gr. 4-7) will take part in a short story contest (maximum 700 words) based around The Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race.
• Judges are looking for creative, entertaining, engaging fictional tales that include some accurate facts about the Yukon Quest race, or dog-sledding ine the Yukon and/or Alaska.
• The Yukon Literacy Coalition will appoint the judges, who will determine one winner and one runner-up in each category.
• Winning entries must be the author's original work.
• The author's name, teacher's name, school, age and grade must be attached to each story.
• The deadline for all stories will be Thursday February 21st, 2019.

Stories can be entered via any of the following three methods:
1. Email to

2. Snail Mail to:
Yukon Quest Story Competition
Yukon Literacy Coalition
100 Main Street, Suite #207
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2A8

3. Drop Off in Person at The Family Literacy Centre
(2nd Floor of Canada Games Centre) or at the
Yukon Literacy Coalition Office
Upstairs in Horwood’s Mall, suite #207.

• The winners will each receive a special Yukon Quest 'Swag Bag' including a 2019 Yukon Quest t-shirt and other Yukon Quest swag (value of $150 each)
• Air North will publish winning stories from each category in their flight magazine 'North of Ordinary'.
• Winners and runners-up stories will be featured on CBC radio with an opportunity for the children to read on-air.
• Teachers of class entries are invited to pickup an official 2019 collectable Yukon Quest Poster at the Yukon Quest Office.
• Our hope is that teachers from these grades (K-7) will build elements of the Yukon Quest Race and its history into their curriculum, and we in turn can help support an exciting event in which the students play a key part. The Yukon Quest has a great Education Program created by Yukon educator Cathi Dunham that teachers can also pull from curricular ideas (

For any further information please contact the Yukon Literacy Coalition at (867) 668-6535 or explore the Yukon Quest website at:

Thank you ~ and may the writing begin!!