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Events Calendar

Check the Events Calendar regularly to keep up on CANSCAIP events.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, May 05, 2016
    • Sunday, July 31, 2016
    • 11:59 PM
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    Writing for Children Competition 2016 

    Deadline July 31, 2016

    CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers' Union of Canada, is pleased to accept submissions by unpublished writers for the 19th annual Writing for Children Competition. 

    The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2016.

    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, useful and potentially important 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 who have not been published* in book format in any genre including e-book and self-published** 
    • Writers who do not have a contract with a book publisher
    • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
    *Writers with a story, essay, article or poem published in an anthology, collection, textbook, magazine or periodical (or other publications with content by more than one writer) are eligible to enter.
    **Writers of self-published books created only for family and friends are eligible to enter.  Writers of self-published books created for the purpose of sale to the public, institutions or other sales are not eligible to enter. 


      • Up to 1,500 words, fiction or non-fiction, English text*
      • Submit text only; no illustrations 
      • Submission in 12-point font, double-spaced (cover letter can be single-spaced)
      • Entries that were submitted for a previous Writing for Children Competition can be re-submitted 
      • Select the reading age category for the entry: 
      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, like a novel, 1500 words will be an excerpt which usually includes the first chapter. For a shorter work, like a picture book, the entire text may be less than 1500 words.  


      • The entry fee is $30 for one entry, $50 for two entries, and $75 for three entries.
      • Entry fees can be paid online. Online payment is by Visa or MasterCard; CANSCAIP processes credit card payments through PayPal, entrants don’t need their own PayPal account
        • Although you don't have to be a member of CANSCAIP to enter, we invite you to join as a First-Time Friend for $35 (regular $45). (This offer only for those who haven't previously been members of CANSCAIP)              
          • Each entry is a writing submission up to 1,500 words PLUS a one-page cover letter
          • In the cover letter include: 
          1. your name, e-mail address, phone number
          2. title of submission, reading age category (e.g., Picture Book), fiction or non-fiction
          3. submission's place in the story (e.g., first and second chapters)
          4. synopsis of the story 
          5. summary of your writing experience
            • Save the entry as a single PDF or Word document, with the cover letter first, followed by the writing submission  
            • NAME YOUR DOCUMENT in this order: 
              Reading Age Category (e.g., Picture Book) - Your Name - Title of Submission
            • EMAIL SUBJECT LINE in this order: 
              Reading Age Category (e.g., Picture Book) - Your Name - Title of Submission
            • ENTRY FEE must be paid before emailing your entry
            • Attach your entry to the email
            • Email your entry to
            • For multiple entries, send each entry in a separate email
            • Only email entries are eligible; printed entries cannot be included, acknowledged or returned


            • The deadline for entries is midnight on July 31, 2016


            • First-round readers evaluate a large group of entries in a reading age category, and select a smaller group of entries to proceed to the second-round readers. The first-round readers are published writers with experience in the reading age category they are evaluating. 
            • Second-round readers evaluate a smaller group of entries and select entries to proceed to the jury. The second-round readers are published writers with experience in the reading age category they are evaluating.
            • There is a jury for Picture Book/Early Reader and a jury for Chapter Book/Middle Grade/Young Adult. Each jury has three published authors who evaluate and select the finalists and winners. 
            • The finalists and winners selected by the juries will be submitted to three Canadian children's publishers for consideration.


            • JULY 31: Deadline for submissions
            • AUGUST: Submissions evaluated by first-round readers
            • SEPTEMBER: Submissions evaluated by second-round readers
            • OCTOBER:  Winners and finalists selected by jury
            • NOVEMBER: Press release announcing winners and finalists sent to all entrants
            • DECEMBER: Feedback from first-round readers sent to all entrants; feedback from second-round readers sent to selected entrants

            • Saturday, November 19, 2016
            • Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Victoria & Shuter, Toronto

            HOLD THE DATE!  

            Put Saturday, November 19, 2016 in your calendar
            so you won't miss CANSCAIP's annual
            Packaging Your Imagination conference.

            NEW LOCATION: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on Victoria & Shuter in downtown Toronto. 


          Past events

          Thursday, June 16, 2016 Canadian Writers Summit (June 16 to 19)
          Wednesday, June 08, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Jun. 8 at Durham College Whitby Campus; SPEAKER: Kat Mototsune (James Lorimer & Co.)
          Wednesday, May 11, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. May 11: Don Aker, Karen Bass & Charis Cotter (Forest of Reading nominees from NS, AB and NL)
          Wednesday, April 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Apr. 13: Puppetmongers Theatre PLUS Annual Meeting of Members
          Wednesday, April 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Annual Meeting of Members
          Wednesday, March 09, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Mar. 9: Annick Press publisher Rick Wilks
          Wednesday, February 10, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Feb. 10: Illustrator Night with Gary Clement
          Wednesday, January 13, 2016 CANSCAIP Meeting Wed. Jan. 13: Estate Planning with Marian Hebb
          Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Meeting, Book Sale & Dessert Potluck Wed. Dec. 9: Holiday Books with Werner Zimmermann & Lisa Dalrymple
          Saturday, November 14, 2015 Virtual PYI 2015 (Packaging Your Imagination Conference Online)
          Saturday, November 14, 2015 Packaging Your Imagination Conference 2015
          Wednesday, November 11, 2015 NEW LOCATION for Meeting on Wed. Nov. 11: North York Central Library. TOPICS: Books for Young People with Disabilities AND Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa
          Tuesday, November 10, 2015 CANSCAIP Art Show and Sale, November 10 to 20, L Space Gallery, Humber College Lakeshore Campus
          Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Writing for Children Competition 2015: Deadline September 30
          Friday, September 18, 2015 CANSCAIP Prairie Horizons 2015
          Wednesday, September 09, 2015 CANSCAIP Toronto meeting Wed. Sept. 9: New "Secrets" Series Panel: Five authors with moderator Kevin Sylvester
          Friday, June 19, 2015 Rhyme Crimes: What Make Good Children's Poetry?
          Wednesday, June 10, 2015 CANSCAIP Toronto meeting Wed. Jun. 10: Illustrators Night with Julie Kraulis
          Wednesday, May 13, 2015 May 13th Meeting NEW LOCATION: North York Central Library; SPEAKERS: Susan Juby & Susin Nielsen (RSVP)
          Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Toronto Meeting Wed. Apr. 8; SPEAKERS: Kathy Kacer and Jake Epstein
          Wednesday, April 08, 2015 CANSCAIP AGM
          Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Toronto Meeting - March 11. Join us for Kids' Lit Quiz
          Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Toronto Meeting - February
          Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Toronto Meeting - January - Illustrator Night
          Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Toronto Meeting - December
          Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Toronto Meeting - November
          Sunday, October 19, 2014 PYI Pitch Perfect!
          Saturday, October 18, 2014 VIRTUAL PYI
          Saturday, October 18, 2014 Packaging Your Imagination 2014
          Wednesday, October 08, 2014 Toronto Meeting - October (in Burlington)
          Wednesday, October 01, 2014 CANSCAIP Art Show at Humber College, open to the public until Oct 17
          Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Toronto Meeting Wed. Sept. 10 at 7:00 (we're back at TPL Northern District Branch)
          Tuesday, August 12, 2014 REMINDER: Call for submissions artwork show and sale; deadline Sept 4
          Wednesday, June 11, 2014 June meeting
          Wednesday, May 14, 2014 May meeting
          Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Toronto Meeting - April
          Wednesday, April 09, 2014 CANSCAIP AGM
          Wednesday, March 12, 2014 CANCELLED - Toronto Meeting - March
          Monday, March 03, 2014 Writing for Children Competition
          Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Toronto Meeting - February
          Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Toronto Meeting - January
          Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Toronto Meeting - December
          Wednesday, December 04, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - December
          Sunday, November 17, 2013 PYI 2013 Get Published Bootcamp
          Saturday, November 16, 2013 VIRTUAL Packaging Your Imagination 2013
          Saturday, November 16, 2013 Packaging Your Imagination 2013
          Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Toronto Meeting - November
          Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Toronto Meeting - October
          Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - October
          Friday, September 20, 2013 CANSCAIP's Prairie Horizons Conference
          Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Toronto Meeting - September
          Saturday, August 17, 2013 August Atlantic Region Meeting
          Wednesday, August 07, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - August
          Saturday, July 13, 2013 July Atlantic Region Meeting
          Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Toronto Meeting - June
          Wednesday, June 05, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - June BBQ & Buzz
          Saturday, May 25, 2013 Yes Oui CANSCAIP (CANSCAIP Quebec) Imagine A Story Conference
          Monday, May 13, 2013 Toronto Meeting - May
          Tuesday, May 07, 2013 May Atlantic Region meeting
          Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Toronto Meeting - April
          Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2013 Annual General Meeting
          Wednesday, April 03, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - April
          Wednesday, March 06, 2013 March Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Montreal February Meeting
          Wednesday, February 13, 2013 February Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, February 06, 2013 Edmonton Meeting - February
          Wednesday, January 09, 2013 January Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, December 12, 2012 December Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, November 21, 2012 November Montreal Meeting
          Wednesday, November 14, 2012 November Monthly Meeting
          Saturday, November 10, 2012 Packaging Your Imagination 2012
          Thursday, October 25, 2012 CANSCAIP Montreal Meeting
          Wednesday, October 10, 2012 October Monthly Meeting: Illustrators Night
          Wednesday, October 03, 2012 CANSCAIP Edmonton Meeting
          Wednesday, September 12, 2012 September Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, June 13, 2012 June Monthly Meeting
          Tuesday, June 05, 2012 EDMONTON CANSCAIP meeting
          Wednesday, May 16, 2012 May Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, April 11, 2012 April Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2012 Annual General Meeting
          Wednesday, March 14, 2012 March Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, February 08, 2012 February Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, January 11, 2012 January Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, December 14, 2011 December Monthly Meeting
          Wednesday, November 16, 2011 November Monthly Meeting
          Saturday, November 05, 2011 Packaging Your Imagination 2011
          Friday, September 16, 2011 Prairie Horizons Conference
          Saturday, May 28, 2011 Imagine a Story
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