Writing for Children Competition
Writing for Children Competition 2017
Deadline June 30, 2017
CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers' Union of Canada, is pleased to accept entries by unpublished writers for the 20th annual Writing for Children Competition. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2017.
Two winners will be awarded $1,000 for a picture book/early reader entry and for a chapter book/middle grade/young adult entry. Eight additional finalists in these categories will also be selected.
CANSCAIP will submit the entries of the winners and finalists to three Canadian children's publishers for consideration. Some winners and finalists in the Writing for Children Competition have had their entries published.
All entrants will receive feedback from the readers who evaluate the entries. This feedback is a unique benefit of entering the Writing for Children Competition.
A goal of the Writing for Children Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children's literature across Canada. The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Competition in 1996, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative.
**Writers of self-published books that have been sold in substantial quantities in bookstores, institutions or online are not eligible to enter.
Picture Book (age 2 to 6)
Early Reader (age 5 to 8)
Chapter Book (age 7 to 10)
Middle Grade (age 9 to 12)
Young Adult (age 13 and up)
*** For a longer work such as a novel, 1500 words may be the first chapter and/or other chapter(s). For a shorter work, such as a picture book, the entire text may be 1500 words or less.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
HOW ENTRIES ARE EVALUATED
TIMELINE FOR 2017 COMPETITION
Announcing winners and finalists of 2016 Writing for Children Competition
Two $1000 prizes presented
November 30, 2016: CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers' Union of Canada, is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the 19th annual Writing for Children Competition. A cash prize of $1,000 will be presented to each of the two winners.
CANSCAIP will submit the winners and finalists to three Canadian children’s book publishers (Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada) for consideration; some past finalists and winners have had their entries published.
Only unpublished writers are eligible to enter. CANSCAIP received close to 300 entries in 2016. A unique and very beneficial element of the Writing for Children Competition is that everyone who enters gets feedback by the Competition’s evaluation readers. The readers and juries evaluating Competition entries are all published authors and CANSCAIP Members.
All the Competition entries were initially evaluated by first-round readers, who selected which entries would proceed to the next step of second-round readers. When the second-round readers evaluated those entries, they selected which ones would proceed to the jury. The jury then selected the following entries as the winners and finalists:
WINNER Picture Book / Early Reader
WINNER Chapter Book/ Middle Grade/ Young Adult
FINALISTS Picture Book / Early Reader
FINALISTS Chapter Book / Middle Grade / Young Adult
The first-round and second-round readers were Beverley Brenna, Lena Coakley, Charis Cotter, Theo Heras, Sharon Jennings, Jessica Scott Kerrin, Sheryl McFarlane, Janet McNaughton, Sylvia McNicoll, Jennifer Mook-Sang,Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Bev Katz Rosenbaum and Jocelyn Shipley. The members of the juries are Anne Laurel Carter, Maggie de Vries, Kathy Stinson, Arthur Slade and Ted Staunton. CANSCAIP is grateful for the support and participation of these Members.
The Writing for Children Competition for 2017 will be announced in March.
The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996. The competition has grown in popularity since its inception, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative as a partnership with TWUC. A goal of the Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote not-yet-published writers of children's literature across Canada. CANSCAIP is a national organization representing Canadian authors and illustrators of children's books and children’s performers.