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  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:21 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Toronto, May 4, 2020 — Canadian Authors Association (CAA) joins out fellow creator and publisher organizations in their reactions to the April 22, 2020 Federal Court of Appeal decision in the case of York University v. The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright).

    In that recent decision, the higher federal court affirmed the lower federal court’s 2017 ruling that York University’s self-styled “fair dealing guidelines” are, in law, unfair. Since many learning institutions have adopted similar guidelines, the higher court’s ruling fortifies the position that the educational community must respect creator rights.

    Educators cannot continue to copy illegally according to their own rules. CAA applauds that portion of the higher federal court decision since it balances the rights of users with those of creators. If creators are paid for their work, then users such as Canadian schools will continue to have access to high quality Canadian content.

    In the same decision, however, the higher court ruled that Copyright Board-certified tariffs are not mandatory. The Copyright Board tariff process provides both educational institutions and collective societies – such as Access Copyright, in the case of writers and publishers – with a practical, effective method of establishing fair rates for use of creative works. Until now, tariffs were considered mandatory. The decision “deprives creators of fair and affordable payment for the use of their work by stripping them of the ability to rely on their collective to ensure compliance with their rights and forcing them to be their own compliance officers,” pointed out Access Copyright in its recent media release. 

    In summary, educational institutions’ fair-dealing guidelines are unfair, yet individual creators now have a personal onus to seek out infringements by users such as educational institutions, and to enforce their rights. Ideally, collectives would enforce the rights, and creators would devote their valuable time to creating. This situation is deplorable.

    “The appeal decision reinforces that Canada’s copyright framework is broken,” stated the Association of Canadian Publishers in its release.

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) uses the same metaphor. The federal government must “repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity,” it says. CAA joins TWUC’s call for immediate implementation of the 2019 Canadian Heritage’s Standing Committee recommendations in Shifting Paradigms.

    “Canada needs to support a flourishing culture,” said Margaret Hume, National Chair of Canadian Authors Association. “Our literature, music, and theatre tell our Canadian story. To foster an environment that encourages the continuance and growth of our stories, we must support the creators by allowing them to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.”

    Canadian Authors Association stands by the right of creators to receive fair compensation for the use of their copyrighted work.

    “The current situation is not sustainable,” said Anita Purcell, CAA’s executive director. “Writers and publishers have been waiting since 2012 for copyright amendments that truly safeguard our rights. In the interim, millions of dollars in earned revenue has been lost. The fixes have been clearly spelled out — how much longer must we wait?”




    Canadian Authors Association was founded in 1921 with a goal of lobbying for the protection of authors’ rights and fostering a sense of cultural and literary solidarity among Canadian writers. Today, CAA and its branches continue to work to provide aspiring, emerging and professional writers across all genres and writing professions the programs, services and resources they need to develop their skills, promote their work, and enhance their ability to earn a living as a writer.   


    For additional information:

    Anita Purcell, Executive Director
    Canadian Authors Association

  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:20 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    May 4, 2020 (Toronto, ON) – Last month, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre launched its new digital project, Bibliovideo. Bibliovideo showcases videos and links to resources about Canadian books for children and youth. It is a vibrant destination for readers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, researchers, and others who want to locate and learn more about great Canadian books for young people.

    Bibliovideo is the home for a special virtual edition of Canadian Children’s Book Week. The tour is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and was unable to occur as planned due to COVID-19. Throughout this week, special videos from Book Week authors and illustrators will appear on the Bibliovideo channel. Instead of visiting hundreds of children, each participating author will be able to reach children all across the country. Participating authors include Robin Stevenson, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Eugenie Fernandes, Shane Peacock and Monique Polak. A new video will be added to Bibliovideo each day from May 4 to May 9.

    Book Week kicked off today with a video from best-selling YA author Monique Polak, which you can watch here. Be sure to check YouTube every day until May 9 for a new video at noon EST.

    Learn more about Canadian Children’s Book Week here.

    The CCBC is committed to ensuring that there is better digital access and promotion of exceptional Canadian books to raise awareness and promote literacy. With funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Bibliovideo is the first step in a long-range digital strategy being developed by a consortium of organizations led by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre that includes the Association of Canadian Publishers/49thKids, Canadian School Libraries, CANSCAIP, Communication-Jeunesse and IBBY Canada.

    Subsrcibe to Bibliovideo to support videos that keep the spirit of Book Week alive all year long. 

    For more information, please contact: 

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    416.975.0010 ext. 221


    About The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre is a national, not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. We are dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. Our programs, publications and resources help teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents select the very best for young readers. For more information, please visit our website.

    About Canadian Children's Book Week
    Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Each May, over hundreds of readings are given to thousands of children, teens and adults in over 100 communities across the country as we make every possible effort to reach children in more remote regions and communities. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.


    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

    About Canada Council for the Arts
    The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts. Visit their website here.

    About the Bibliovideo Consortium Members
    Association of Canadian Publishers/49th Kids
    Canadian School Libraries
    IBBY Canada

  • Monday, May 04, 2020 4:16 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    SCBWI YouTube Featuring The Vault Let's You Relive Wondrous Moments with Best-Selling Icons of Childrens Publishing -- Or Experience Them For The First Time

    We are so proud to introduce you to the all-new SCBWI YouTube featuring the Vault which launches today with a treasure trove of exclusive never-before-seen videos that put you smack in the middle of the greatest children’s book creators of our time. Culling the best moments from SCBWI conferences---from the early days in the 1970s all the way up to this year, the Vault holds the advice, teachings, and musings of the biggest and brightest names in children’s publishing over the past 50 years. Even if you never got the chance to be there originally, you can now have a front row seat to all the SCBWI conferences---the profound, the moving, the funny, the goofy, the heart-stopping moments that are at the center of this brilliant creative community.

    It's easy to step into our new YouTube channel and watch featured video clips from award-winning creators including:

    Kwame Alexander
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Judy Blume
    Bruce Coville  
    Karen Cushman 
    Paula Danziger                                      
    Sid Fleischman
    Gordon Korman
    Meg Medina
    Vanessa Brantley Newton
    Linda Sue Park
    Jerry Pinkney
    David Small
    Jerry Spinelli
    Shaun Tan
    Richard Jesse Watson

    Before Newbery medals, before National Book Awards, before the adulation, there were young writers and illustrators on the path to legend status. The awards and praises of the book industry and book lovers worldwide were heaped on the giants of the industry seen here. All of them shared the stage at our conferences over the years. You’ll be inspired, captivated, and enamored.

    And that’s just the beginning! Each week we will be bring you stunning archival footage to watch and share with your friends, family, and colleagues. SCBWI is giving its members and book lovers everywhere an opportunity not found anywhere else., to witness the history of contemporary children’s books in the making.

    SCBWI members will see exclusive clips pulled from the vault just for them in Insight, the monthly e-newsletter, and in Pro Insider the e-newsletter for published members. You can follow all the fun on our social media – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – with sneak previews and only-on-this-platform content. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/TheScbwi/ so you don’t miss out.  And check in regularly, to keep the inspiration flowing. 

    For anyone interested in children’s books, for anyone who values creativity, for anyone wanting a direct hit of inspiration and joy, SCBWIYouTube featuring the Vault is the place to be. See you there, friends. 

    #SCBWIYouTube | #SCBWIvault   

  • Friday, May 01, 2020 4:14 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) calls on the federal government to immediately implement Heritage Committee recommendations designed to repair the marketplace for Canadian creativity. Last week’s Federal Court of Appeal decision in legal action between Access Copyright and York University illustrates just how damaged and unfair the current legislative framework is for those making their living from authorship and other professional creative work in Canada.

    The decision reaffirmed the lower court’s opinion that York University engaged in massive amounts of illegal copying, and that their so-called “fair dealing guidelines” are, in fact, unfair. However, at the same time, it gutted the authority of the Copyright Board, to which copyright collectives must turn when users refuse to license content. Absurdly, the appeal court declared that tariffs approved by the Copyright Board are not mandatory, calling into question the future of a regulatory mechanism purpose-built to protect the cultural marketplace.

    “The law protecting our work is completely broken,” said Anita Daher, novelist and Chair of TWUC. “The court has just signaled that anyone can steal our work, because there’s nothing effective we can do about it. In fact, as far as I can tell, they’ve given a green light to illegal copying across the creative sector. That such a crushing blow to our earnings comes in the middle of an already devastating pandemic is unconscionable.”

    Ill-defined and poorly thought-out amendments to the Copyright Act were passed in 2012, against the objections of cultural workers who predicted grave damage to the sector. Those predictions have all come to pass — hundreds of millions of dollars in earned revenue has been diverted from the Canadian writing and publishing business, systemic illegal copying is now rampant, and all remedies from collective action have been removed. Authors are now expected to sue institutions individually, a process that can stretch to a decade and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, while statutory caps provide for a maximum of $5000 in damages. Essentially, there is no effective recourse under the law for authors whose work is copied illegally.

    “The repair for all this is ready and waiting on government desks,” insists TWUC executive director John Degen. “Recommendations from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s 2019 Shifting Paradigms report bring greater clarity to the law’s language, and must be implemented now. Authors have been asked for patience for nearly a decade. We’ve worked in good faith with education, the courts, the Copyright Board and government to find solutions. In the end we’ve had our rights and livelihoods cut from beneath us at the very moment we need them most.”

    To be clear, the Federal Court of Appeals has declared York’s copying guidelines unfair and its practices illegal. Much of the education sector follows similar guidelines and practices. There is no denying illegal copying is now in common practice in Canada. The government must step in to clarify the intent of the law, and provide legal remedies.

    “In the current climate, writers are simply leaving the business” added Degen. “No sector can be expected to survive without a dependable legal framework. We can’t wait any longer; the government must act now.”

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    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca (http://www.writersunion.ca) .

    For additional information:
    John Degen, Executive Director
    The Writers’ Union of Canada
    jdegen@writersunion.ca (mailto:jdegen@writersunion.ca)

    Copyright © 2020 The Writers' Union of Canada, All rights reserved.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Writers' Union of Canada
    600-460 Richmond Street West
    Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

    The Writers' Union of Canada acknowledges that our office is in Tkaronto, a Mohawk word which translates to “Where The Trees Meet The Water” or “The Gathering Place.” Tkaronto is bound by Dish With One Spoon, a treaty between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee to share the territory, promote peace, and protect the land. TWUC acknowledges them and any other Nations who care for the land — recorded and unrecorded — and we pay our respects to Canada’s first storytellers.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 5:30 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is frustrated and disappointed by the Federal Court of Appeal’s April 22 decision related to the legal action between Access Copyright and York University. Though the Court confirmed the lower-court decision that fair dealing guidelines adopted by York do not meet the Supreme Court’s test for fair dealing, it did not uphold the decision that tariffs certified by the Copyright Board are mandatory. In essence, the decision reaffirms that the Canadian education sector has engaged in illegal and unfair copying on a systematic basis, and makes the prospect of enforcement for small- and medium-sized publishers impossible.

    “Through Access Copyright, Canadian publishers have participated in the Copyright Board’s multi-year tariff process in good faith, and with an expectation of fair and reasonable compensation for the use of their content,” said ACP Executive Director Kate Edwards. “The Court of Appeal’s decision on mandatory tariffs makes future engagement in this process futile, and leaves small- and medium-sized rightsholders in the untenable position of pursuing compliance on their own, rather than through their collective.”

    The appeal decision reinforces that Canada’s copyright framework is broken. Amendments made to the Copyright Act in 2012 opened the door to illegal and systematic copying by the K-12 and post-secondary education sector, which has now accrued cumulative liabilities of more than $150M. At the same time, amendments have limited statutory damages for non-commercial use to a point that enforcement is impractical. Urgent action on the part of the federal government is needed to implement reforms that will correct market damage and provide a policy framework that supports future investment in Canadian writing and publishing.

    “The education sector’s ‘fair dealing guidelines’ were unfair when they were adopted in 2012, and they were unfair in 2017 when the Federal Court ruled on the York case,” said Edwards. “The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the guidelines remain unfair. It’s time for the education sector to come back to the table, negotiate with rightsholders, and ensure the content they use is compensated.”

    ACP is the national voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers. ACP contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.


    For more information, please contact Kate Edwards, Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers, kate_edwards@canbook.org.

  • Friday, April 10, 2020 11:41 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    We sadly note the passing of Hy Sarick.  Hy and Judy Sarick opened The Children’s Book Store in 1974; their unwavering focus on quality and their community-building business approach had an enormous influence on Canada’s children’s book industry.  Hy was passionate about music, and his support boosted the careers of many Canadian children’s performers. Until its closing in 2000, The Children’s Book Store was a hub for educators, librarians and publishers; for authors, illustrators and musicians; and for countless children, parents and grandparents.  Judy Sarick died in 2016.

  • Monday, March 30, 2020 7:50 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Writing organizations and sponsor join together to support authors

    Toronto, March 30, 2020 – Today the Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) announced the creation of the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to professional authors financially affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. 

    The fund will begin with an initial amount of $150,000 and distribute grants in amounts of $1,500 to writers that have seen contracted or projected income evaporate due to the current public health crisis. Financial support for the program is supplied by three program partners: the Writers’ Trust, TWUC, and RBC. 

    The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an economic crisis for self-employed workers across Canada. Professional literary creators have been especially hard hit. Within a matter of days, book tours, lectures, performances, and school visits were cancelled. Other sources of income in the form of contracts for publishing-related or other projects have disappeared or been indefinitely postponed. Many professional writers are left struggling to buy groceries or medications or pay rent. 

    In a survey of its membership, TWUC confirmed that to date the authors surveyed project a total loss exceeding $1.68 million and that individual writers on average are citing a loss of $3,267. These losses will increase as the crisis continues, and TWUC will continue to track them.

    Each year the Writers’ Trust distributes money to writers in need through its emergency grant program, the Woodcock Fund. These grants are invaluable, and the demand during the present crisis exceeds what that program can match.

    Beginning today, applications to the program can be made via writerstrust.com/relieffund. Applications to the program are due on April 9 and grants will be dispersed within a week. 

    Applications are open to professional writers who meet the eligibility criteria, which includes matching minimal publishing thresholds in the last five years as well as detailing a total loss of income that exceeds the grant amount. 

    A successive round of application will follow later in the month of April, and subsequent rounds will follow as additional funds are obtained. In addition to seeking large-scale funding partners, program partners welcome donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations who are interested in helping mitigate this crisis for Canadian writers. 100% of all donations will be directed to writers in need. If you’d like to make a donation to the Canadian Writers’ Emergency Relief Fund, please donate through Writers' Trust here.

    “Writers, whether veterans or novices, cobble together income from a variety of sources,” said Charlie Foran, Writers’ Trust’s executive director. “This leaves them especially vulnerable during a public health crisis the magnitude of COVID-19.  We are grateful to have partners so committed to supporting our authors. Please consider helping. Contribute to the fund. Buy Canadian-authored books.”

    “The Writers’ Union of Canada is proud to be a founding partner in the Emergency Relief Fund,” said John Degen, TWUC’s executive director, “The crushing economic blow from COVID-19 comes at a time when writers are already imperiled by regulatory failure around copyright licensing. And yet more than ever, the works of Canada’s authors are desperately in demand by teachers and students. We hope our contribution will inspire others to donate to keep authors working.”

    About the Writers’ Trust of Canada

    The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs including ten national literary awards, a fellowship, financial grants, career development initiatives for emerging writers, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country. Additional information is available at  writerstrust.com.

    About The Writers’ Union of Canada

    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is the national organization of professionally published writers. TWUC was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Now over 2,100 members strong, TWUC promotes the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. TWUC believes a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people. Learn more at writersunion.ca.

    *The Writers’ Union would like to acknowledge Doris McCarthy, a beloved late member of TWUC, whose artistic estate provides a large portion of their contribution to the program. 

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    Charlie Foran
    Writers’ Trust of Canada, executive director

    John Degen
    The Writers’ Union of Canada, executive director

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 2:52 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Association of Canadian Publishers & Access Copyright Announce Temporary Permissions for Online Storytime

    As schools remain closed indefinitely and classrooms shift to online learning, educators and librarians are seeking out ways to connect with students and provide meaningful learning opportunities from a distance. In response, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and Access Copyright have partnered to start the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program.

    Reading books aloud and sharing stories is a treasured daily activity in classrooms and libraries. Many educators and librarians have sought permission from Canadian publishers to read part or all of a book and to share a video of the reading for online story-time with their students.

    “We are pleased to partner with the Association of Canadian Publishers to facilitate online story- times while schools and libraries are temporarily closed,” says Roanie Levy, President & CEO of Access Copyright. “The Read Aloud Canadian Books Program empowers educators and librarians to share stories from Canadian publishers with their students during a time when they are needed more than ever.”

    The Program will allow, on a temporary basis, a waiver of licence fees related to the reading of all or part of select books from participating publishers and posting of the video recording online. Educators and librarians will be able to confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students during this challenging time.

    Ruth Linka, Co-Chair of the ACP Children's Publisher Committee and Associate Publisher of Orca Book Publishers, observes: “In the best of times authors and book publishers are active partners with educators and librarians in bringing excellent content to our youngest citizens. Now in difficult times we are proud to support educators and librarians in their extraordinary work in keeping children engaged, informed, and entertained.”

    ACP and Access Copyright encourage educators and librarians who are taking advantage of the program to spread the word on social media using the hashtag #ReadAloudCanadian and tag @AccessCopyright@CdnPublishers, and individual creators and publishers.

    Publishers who have signed up so far include: Annick Press, ARP Books, Orca Book Publishers, Owlkids Books, Portage and Main Press, Running the Goat, Books and Broadsides, Groundwood Books, and Linda Leith Publishing.

    For more information about the program, terms and conditions, and guidelines for use, and an updated list of participating publishers please visit www.accesscopyright.ca/read-aloud.

    ACP is the national voice of English-language Canadian-owned book publishers. ACP contributes to the development and maintenance of vibrant, competitive book publishing companies in order to support and strengthen the contribution that Canadian books make to Canada’s cultural, economic, and educational landscape.

    For over 30 years, Access Copyright has facilitated content use for educational and professional purposes. Access Copyright has helped people make customized use of published materials combined with an assurance that the original creators and publishers also benefit, so that they can continue creating new and innovative works. This is vitally important to a strong Canadian culture and to all who rely on quality publications.


    For the Association of Canadian Publishers:
    Kate Edwards, Executive Director, kate_edwards@canbook.org
    For Access Copyright:
    Amy Cormier, Head of Communications and Marketing, acormier@accesscopyright.ca

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 2:24 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Deadline: August 1, 2020

    The Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest was established in 2019, in Kingston, Ontario. The intention of this contest is to get inspiring birth stories that help to cultivate a positive and supportive birth culture in our communities. It is a writing contest because well written stories have the ability to make us feel and understand deep emotions like no other medium.

    We are welcoming many different voices and perspectives which are representative of the population of Canada. We want to be able to share all kinds of births, in different settings with different health care providers and support teams in different eras.

    A jury will choose a first, second and third place winners as well as 15 honorable mention winners.

    Prizes and publication

    The first-place winner will receive:

    • $300 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

    The second-place winners will receive:

    • $100 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format.

    The third-place winners will receive:

    • $50 and a paper copy of the book

    and will be published on the DSF website and in a book in digital and paper format, a Canadian anthology of birth stories.

    The 15 honorable mention stories will be published on the DSF website and in a book in electronic and paper format.

    All winners will be invited to participate in a Birth Sharing Circle in September.


    The jury for the 2020 Doula Support Foundation’s Birth Story Contest 2020 consists of

    Dr. Michael Klein: Dr. Klein is the author of Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo. His early experiences working with midwives in Ethiopia were formative, leading him to question many standard but unjustified procedures in Western maternity health care. He has dedicated his life to family medicine.

    Ying S. Lee: Mrs. Lee is a Kingstonian’s author of The Agency: A Spy in the House. This won the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s inaugural John Spray Mystery Award in 2011. This is a quartet series. Mrs. Lee keeps warm memories of her doula at her birth.

    Leanne Lieberman: Leanne Lieberman also lives in Kingston and she is the author of five books for young adults. Her most recent book is The Most Dangerous Thing (Orca Books 2017) about a teenage girl struggling with anxiety and depression. Leanne’s adult fiction has been published in many Canadian journalsShe is currently working on a novel called Unsettled.

    Sarah Chisholm: Sarah is a midwife of the Kingston Community Midwives. She takes time to participate at this event while she is on parental leave. She first started has a doula, which prompted her to become a midwife.


    • Original, unpublished stories up to 2,000 words in the English language
    • All those residing in Canada (irrespective of visa status), novice or experienced writers, who have an empowering birth story to tell.

    How to Submit

    Read the guidelines here and submit the story at dsfbirthstory@gmail.com.

  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 2:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Presented by the University of Manitoba Icelandic Department

    The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites you to submit previously unpublished poetry (three entries per person) and/or a short story (one per person-maximum of 1200 words)

    Prize entries will be awarded and successful entries will be published in the festival program and/or on the festival website. 

    Winners and honourable mentions will be contacted with an opportunity to share their writing at the Sunday Afternoon Music and Poetry in the Park.

    Categories are as follows:


    • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
    • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
    • Open - 1st Place - $125

    Short Story

    • Junior (12 and under) - 1st Place - $50
    • Intermediate (13-18) - 1st Place - $75
    • Open - 1st Place - $125

    Poetry and Prose Guidelines

    • You do not need to be of Icelandic descent to submit an entry however material reflecting Icelandic culture and interests will be given preference, as will entries that reflect our 2020 theme, "Icelandic at Heart"
    • Selected winners will not be eligible for entry to compete for the following 3 years, although a short story winner may compete in poetry or vice versa. 
    • Poetry will have a maximum of 3 entries per person.
    • Short Stories; a maximum of 1 per person and a maximum of 1200 words. 
    • No Entry Fee.
    • Names will be masked for judging.

    Please send your material by June 3rd, 2020 with your complete contact information to info@icelandicfestival.com Entries will not be returned.

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