Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants

Events Calendar

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

Upcoming events

    • Friday, September 18, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Sunday, September 20, 2015
    • 10:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • St. Michael's Retreat Centre, Lumsden, Saskatchewan

    The 12th bi-annual Prairie Horizons conference will be held September 18-20 at St. Michael's Retreat Centre in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, about half an hour north of Regina. Speakers are Frieda Wishinsky, Ted Staunton, Dakota McFadzean, Anne Shone (senior editor at Scholastic Canada), Gillian Richardson and Alison Lohans.

    On Friday night, 10 participants will pitch their completed picture book or middle grade manuscripts to a panel of three judges, and the three winners will have their manuscripts moved to the top of the slush pile at Scholastic Canada. The evening will end with a candleilight labyrinth walk. Saturday activities include speakers, a Q & A session, a panel, and an open mike. Events wrap up Sunday morning.

    There will be a table for selling books and CDs. Rides to and from the Regina airport or bus depot can be arranged. Early-bird registration closes August 1, and CANSCAIP Friends or Members get a discount on registration fees. Late fees apply after September 1, and the last day to register is September 9.

    For complete conference details, go to Send questions to

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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    Call for submissions: Writing for Children Competition

    Deadline September 30, 2015

    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Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers' Union of Canada, is pleased to accept submissions by unpublished writers for the 18th annual Writing for Children Competition. A goal of the competition is to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of children's literature across Canada. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2015.

    In previous years, the Writing for Children Competition awarded one cash prize. This year, there will be two $1,000 winners

    • picture book/early reader 
    • chapter book/middle grade/young adult  

    Eight additional finalists in these reading age categories will also be selected

    The entries of the eight finalists and two winners will be submitted to Canadian children's publishers for consideration. Some previous finalists and winners of the Writing for Children Competition have had their entries published.

    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.


    • Writers who have not been published in book format (including e-book and self-published) in any genre for children or adults  
    • Writers who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher
    • Writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents 


    • Up to 1,500 words of text in English; entries can be excerpts or chapters from longer works, or complete texts of shorter works, to total of 1500 words (or less)
    • Entries must not have been previously published in book form (including e-book or self-published)
    • Fiction or non-fiction is eligible
    • Text only; no illustrations
    • Reading age categories: picture book (ages 2 to 6), early reader (ages 5 to 8), chapter book (ages 7 to 10), middle grade (ages 9 to 12), young adult (ages 13 and up)
    • Typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, pages numbered   
    • Submission emailed as PDF attachment
    • Hard copy entries are not eligible and will not be returned.                         
    • An entry consists of a writing submission of up to 1,500 words PLUS a one-page cover letter.
    • Each page of the writing submission should be numbered, with your name and the title on the top of each page. 
    • Include in the cover letter: 
    1. your name, address, phone number, e-mail 
    2. summary of your writing experience
    3. title of submission, genre, reading age category (e.g. picture book, chapter book), fiction or non-fiction
    4. submission's place in the story (e.g. first chapter)
    5. summary of the complete story
    6. additional information as needed
    • Submit writing submission and cover letter as a single PDF: cover letter first, followed by writing submission.
    • For multiple entries, send each entry in a separate email.
    • In email subject line include: WFC 2015 - Your Name - Title of Entry - Reading Age Category 
    • Email submissions to
    • NOTE: Register and pay the entry fee before emailing your entry.


    • The entry fee is $30 for one writing submission, $50 for two submissions, and $75 for three submissions.
    • If not already a Friend member of CANSCAIP, you can join for just $35 (regular $45 per year)
    • Entry fees can be paid online as part of the submission process. Use the REGISTER button at the top of this page. Online payment is by Visa or MasterCard, with credit card payments processed through PayPal (entrants don’t need to have a PayPal account).
    • Entry fee can also be a cheque mailed to:

    Writing for Children Competition
    720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503
    Toronto, ON M5S 2R4


    • The first readers for the entries will be a group of published writers with experience in the genre of the submission. These first readers will select and recommend a shortlist of the best submissions. These shortlisted submissions will be sent to the jury panels.
    • There will be a jury panel comprised of three published authors to evaluate and select from the shortlisted submissions for chapter books/middle grade and young adult. There will also be a jury panel comprised of three published authors to evaluate and select from the shortlisted submissions for picture books/easy readers. 
    • Each of the jury panels will determine five finalists, including one winner. 
    • The selected entries of the ten finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children's publishers for consideration.


    • Only the finalists will be contacted.
    • Results will be posted at


    • Deadline for entries is September 30, 2015

Past events

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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