Media Advisory - Library to announce launch of Canada's biggest short story

Press Conference: 10 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2010

TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Meet the judges for Canada's most lucrative short story prize when the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Star officially kick off the Star's 2010 Short Story Contest.

The Toronto Public Library, a new partner for this year's contest, will launch the contest at its flagship branch, the Toronto Reference Library, on Friday, January 8, at 10:00 a.m.

The annual contest, now in its 32nd year, is the biggest of its kind in Canada, with a grand prize of $5,000 plus the tuition fee for the creative writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers, which is also participating this year as a partner in the contest.

The names of the contest judges and the contest details will be revealed during the official launch.

    WHAT:     Launch of Toronto Star 2010 Short Story Contest, presented by
              Toronto Public Library

    WHO:      Jane Pyper, City Librarian
              Matthew Church, Toronto Public Library Board Chair
              Elyse Friedman, celebrated author and 2008 Toronto Book Award

    WHEN:     Friday, January 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m.

    WHERE:    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

About Toronto Public Library:

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow almost 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

About the Toronto Star

The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online ( by 2.9 million readers every week. The Toronto Star is a division of Star Media Group, which includes, Torstar Syndication Services, Shop TV, Eye Weekly, Sway Magazine and The Canadian Immigrant. Star Media Group also includes the jointly owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax, and the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, which is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.


For further information: For further information: Edward Karek, Communications Officer, Toronto Public Library, (416) 397-5925,; Bob Hepburn, Director, Community Relations and Communications, Toronto Star, (416) 869-4947,

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