Since 2007, FOPLA has been proud to publish pot-pourri, an anthology featuring the winning bilingual poems and short stories from the Ottawa Public Library’s annual Awesome Authors youth-writing contest.
FOPLA sponsors the Awesome Authors youth-writing contest as part of their commitment to support the Ottawa Public Library’s programming. Ottawa youth between the ages of 9 and 17 are invited to submit original poems, stories, and comics in both official languages, meaning each edition showcases an incredible collection of talent and creativity from Ottawa’s youth.
Each October, winning authors and their family and friends are invited to an event to launch the anthology, where they are presented with a copy of pot-pourri to commemorate their achievement. Guests are also treated to excerpts from a selection of winning authors in both official languages.
pot-pourri also celebrates the immense artistic talent of Ottawa’s young people, as FOPLA also holds a Cover Design Contest each year, where local artists between the ages of 9 and 17 can submit their designs to be chosen for the cover of the anthology.