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Congratulations to this years 2015 – 2016 Thunderbird Stories Winners!

1st Place: On a Place of Memories, by Beverly McComber
2nd Place: Ground Swell, by Nahka Bertrand
​3rd Place: They Called her Laura Bannock, By Roseanne Supernault





Thunderbird Stories is proud to announce hosting the second annual National Indigenous Writing Contest.


Our stories and legends are an important part of our culture and history. This contest supports and encourages Indigenous Jurywriters to showcase their talent and provides them with the profile to further their aspirations. The 2016 Thunderbird Stories  is open for all ages to participate. Stories will be judged by 5 Indigenous people: Waubgeshig Rice, Lee Maracle, Lisa Charleyboy, Frank Busch and Vera Wabegijig. Portion of the proceeds will go towards Families of Sisters in Spirit, a volunteer, non-profit organization led by families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Through the efforts of this contest, we can assist Families of Sisters in Spirit to help continue their efforts in their search for missing and murdered Aboriginal Woman.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Must provide proof of Indigenous ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Métis or Inuit)
  2. Must be Canadian
  3. Must be under 3,000 words
  4. Story must contain Indigenous content
  5. Submit your story in a PDF file by clicking here
  6. Submit story by February 29, 2016, 5:00 pm Eastern Time

1st Place – $2,000
2nd Place – $1,000
3rd Place – $500

Winners will be announced on March 30, 2016. We look forward to seeing all your stories. Miigwech and good luck!

Check out last year’s winners by clicking here.

For more information about the 2016 Thunderbird Stories National Indigenous Writing Contest, please email:

 Presenting Sponsor

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Portion of the proceeds going towards:

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Sponsorship: We encourage and welcome businesses, organizations and individuals to assist with sponsoring our second Thunderbird Stories Contest, portion of the proceeds will be donated to Families of Sisters in Spirit. For more details on becoming a sponsor, please email For more information about sponsorship, please click this link.

Application details: One story per recipient, no age group, no cost associated for entering the contest and no age limit. Please ensure the story contains some Indigenous aspect to it (fictional, non-fictional or true story) and include your registry number (Status, Métis card number), your location (registered community), name and other details. You can submit your story here.


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