If you have a good space theme story for kids, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques wants to read it from the International Space Station.
The Canadian Space Agency asks Canadians to submit their stories as part of a contest. The best stories will be published in an e-book, and some of them will be read highly by Saint Jacques and sent back to earth.
The competition, which runs until December 31, is open to all Canadians over nine years.
The only limitations in the stories are that they must be original, not previously published, space theme and written for a children's audience. There are also word limits: Posts from writers aged nine to twelve must be between 200 and 400 words. Authors between 13 and 15 years can use between 400 and 700 words and writers older than 15 have between 700 and 1000 words.
Original artwork can be submitted with the story. A winning English story and a winning French history will be selected from each age group.
Saint-Jacques competed on Tuesday when he read a child's history from the space station to students at the elementary school, he attended Saint-Lambert, Que.
The astronaut's performance was hesitant with gestures, cartoon voices and sound effects that meant imitating everything from one dog to an explosion.
After the end of the story, Saint-Jacques told the students what he likes to read and considers it important for the children to start reading and writing at a young age.
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