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  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 3:52 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is thrilled to announce that a home has been found for the CCBC’s regional collection at the Ryerson University Library and Hamilton Public Library. The collection contains approximately 18,000 titles dating to the late 1970s, including Canadian classics like Alligator PieAnne of Green Gables and The Paper Bag Princess, with nearly 800 books added annually. The collection was previously housed at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s main offices in Toronto and is being relocated as the CCBC reduces its footprint by downsizing its office space. The relocation of the regional collection will allow for greater access to the titles, preserving Canadian culture for future generations. 
    In March 2020, the main library collection moves to the Ryerson University Library in Toronto, Ontario, which currently houses the Children’s Literature Collection containing titles dating from 1701 to 1940. The CCBC addition will complement this collection and the research already underway by a number of Ryerson faculty. “We are very pleased to have this unique collection come the Ryerson Library. It will be a valuable resource for faculty and students from across our undergraduate and graduate programs including literature, graphic design, early childhood studies, and Canadian history,” says Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University Library.
    The second archive collection will be housed at Hamilton Public Library. "Hamilton Public Library is honoured to accept this significant donation. As a library and community hub, early literacy is central to our mandate. The CCBC’s ever-growing collection will serve as a great research archive, a positive resource for Hamilton’s youngest readers, their parents and teachers, and offer future generations the opportunity to enjoy many great Canadian books by Canadian authors,” says Paul Takala, CEO and Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library. Both collections will be accessible to the public. Given the vast number of titles, the Ryerson University Library and Hamilton Public Library plan to launch the CCBC collection in 2021, with the Ryerson Library providing titles in stages over the next few years.
    “We are so pleased to have a new home for these important resources,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “Ryerson’s University Library and Hamilton’s Central Library will provide wide access to Canadian kids’ books for aspiring authors, students, academics, educators and families.”

    For more information, please contact: 

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    416-975-0010 ext. 221

    Shelley McKay
    Manager, Communications
    Hamilton Public Library
    905.546.3200 ext. 5934 
    905.973.1847 (cell) 

    Jenna Charlton
    Communications Specialist
    Ryerson University Library
    416-979-5000 ext. 4002


    About the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)
    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 Ryerson University Library
    Ryerson University Library, located in downtown Toronto, offers Ryerson students, faculty and the community access to cutting-edge research resources and innovative, academic library services and programs. Visit:library.ryerson.ca, or connect with us on Twitter @ryersonlibrary and Instagram @ryersonulibrary.
    About Hamilton Public Library
    The Hamilton Public Library is a vibrant hub for information and culture, providing our diverse community the Freedom to Discover. As one of the largest library systems in Canada, Hamiltonians will discover something new at our 22 locations, two bookmobiles, or through our extensive digital collections. Visit us online at hpl.ca. Connect with us on Twitter @hamiltonlibrary and Facebook at HamiltonPublicLibrary.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:47 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The American University of Paris is extending the deadline for the Creative Writing Institute and its corresponding travel stipend competition until March 15, 2020.

    For more information, please visit our Summer School website, where students can learn more about housingextracurricular cultural excursions, and how to apply.

  • Monday, February 24, 2020 3:55 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the touring creators for Canadian Children’s Book Week 2020. Seven talented Canadian authors and illustrators were selected from nearly 100 applicants to tour outside of their home provinces and share a love of reading with young people in schools and libraries. 
    Established in 1977, this year’s national tour will take place from May 2-9, 2020. This year’s theme is “Escape Into Reading,” which celebrates books as places we can always go for solace, adventure and familiar worlds and friends. Posters, bookmarks and activities are available for free online at bookweek.ca. Schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres interested in hosting readings can apply today at bookweek.ca
    The touring creators for 2020 are:
    Paul Covelloillustrator/author
    Northwest Territories
    Eugenie Fernandesillustrator/author
    Prince Edward Island
    Debbie Ridpath Ohiillustrator/author
    British Columbia, Lower Mainland
    Shane Peacock, author
    Monique Polak, author
    Robin Stevenson, author
    Nicola Winstanley, author
    For more information, please contact: 

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 221

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:54 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Submission deadline March 31, 2020.

    Administered by the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable, the Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award will be awarded each year at what has previously been known as the VCLR Annual Fall Illustrator’s Breakfast, but will now be the Annual VCLR Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award Breakfast.

    The $2500 cash award is specifically for books in the acknowledged picturebook format famously defined by Barbara Bader in 1976 as “an art form [that] hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages, and on the drama of the turning of the page."

    Submissions are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The submission fee is $30 per title. For each submission please include a completed submission form for each title and three copies of the book. If the book is shortlisted we will request brief bios for each author and/or illustrator, their photos, and contact information.


    • The book must exhibit a seamless integration of the verbal and visual modes. In the case of a wordless book then it must be a seamless integration of the unwritten narrative that can be inferred from the well sequenced series of images.
    • The book must be written in English by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and must be published by a Canadian publisher during 2019.
    • Revisions and reprints of previously published works are not eligible for the award.
    • In the case of self-published books, proof of professional editing must be submitted along with a confirmation that there is a current print run of at least 350 copies.
    • A three-person jury will select the winning book and 4 honour books.
    • The cash prize will go to the author/illustrator or in the case of a separate author and illustrator the prize will be split 50/50.

    The winning title and four honour books will be announced on Canada Day, July 1, 2020.

    The winner(s) will be invited to be the featured speaker(s) at the Annual VCLR Sheila Barry Best Picturebook of the Year Award Breakfast in fall 2020 at which time the prize will be officially awarded to the winner (s). VCLR will cover the cost of hotel accommodation and meals but will request transportation cost support from the publisher.

    Please mail your submission—a completed submission form, three copies of each book plus a fee of $30 per title in a cheque made out to the Vancouver Children’s

    Literature Roundtable to:
    Sheila Barry Picturebook of the Year Award
    c/o Award Chair
    #301- 3787 West 4th Avenue
    Vancouver, B.C. V6R 1P4

    Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:00 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce our new partnership with Communication-Jeunesse, our Quebecois counterpart. Since 1971, Communication-Jeunesse has been committed to the promotion of French-Canadian literature for children. With our core values aligned, a partnership between our two organizations is an obvious step forward for both organizations. In 2020, Communication-Jeunesse will be overseeing the French-language CCBC Book Awards: the Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse and the Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. Working with the CCBC, Communication-Jeunesse will oversee submissions, juries, promotions and the awards celebration for both French-language awards.
    “There is no better organization to oversee the Prix TD and the Prix Harry Black than Communication-Jeunesse,” says Rose Vespa, Executive Director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. “We have worked with Communication-Jeunesse in the past for our History Book Bank. Currently we are collaborating with Communication-Jeunesse on our YouTube channel Bibliovideo, as well as on the inaugural I Read Canadian Day, taking place on February 19, 2020. We are looking forward to working with them on the 2020 French-language CCBC Book Awards.”
    "We are delighted to start this new adventure with the CCBC, TD Bank Group and Prix Harry Black sponsor Mary Macchiusi,” says Pénélope Jolicoeur, Directrice Générale of Communication-Jeunesse. “We will have the pleasure of managing this event while showcasing our thriving literary scene." 
    Submissions for all of the CCBC awards will be live on January 20, 2020 on our website. Communication-Jeunesse’s website will also highlight the details for the French-language awards. 

    You can download the PDF of this press release here
    For more information, please contact:

    Emma Hunter
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Canadian Children’s Book Centre
    Tel: 416-975-0010 ext. 221


    Le Centre du livre jeunesse canadien (CLJC) est ravi d’annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Communication-Jeunesse, son homologue québécois. Depuis 1971, Communication-Jeunesse a le mandat de faire la promotion de la littérature québécoise et franco-canadienne pour la jeunesse. Avec nos valeurs fondamentales communes, un partenariat entre nos deux organisations va de soi. En 2020, Communication-Jeunesse supervisera les Prix du livre CLJC de langue française: le Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse et le Prix Harry Black de l’album jeunesse. En collaboration avec le CLJC, Communication-Jeunesse supervisera les soumissions, les jurys, la promotion de l’événement et l’organisation de la cérémonie de remise des prix pour les deux prix de langue française. 

    «  Il n’y a pas de meilleure organisation pour superviser le Prix TD et le Prix Harry Black que Communication-Jeunesse », a déclaré Rose Vespa, Directrice générale du Centre du livre jeunesse canadien. «  Nous avons travaillé avec Communication-Jeunesse dans le passé pour notre banque de livres historiques et nous collaborons actuellement avec eux sur notre chaîne YouTube Bibliovidéo, ainsi que dans le cadre de la première journée Je lis canadien qui aura lieu le 19 février 2020. Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec Communication-Jeunesse sur les Prix de langue française du CLJC. » 
    «  Nous sommes ravis de commencer cette nouvelle aventure avec le CLJC, le Groupe Banque TD et la marraine du Prix Harry Black, Mary Macchiusi », a déclaré Pénélope Jolicoeur, Directrice générale de Communication-Jeunesse. «  Nous aurons le plaisir d’administrer cet événement tout en mettant en valeur notre florissante scène littéraire. » 
    Les candidatures pour tous les Prix du CLJC seront mises en ligne le 20 janvier 2020 sur les sites web du CLJC et de Communication-Jeunesse

    Vous pouvez télécharger le PDF de ce communiqué en cliquant ici.

    Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter :

    Pénélope Jolicoeur
    Directrice générale
    514-286-6020, poste 305

  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:48 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Celebrate a World of Poetry this April for National Poetry Month 2020!

    Open up a world of poetry this April!
    The League of Canadian Poets invites you to celebrate the 22nd National Poetry Month this April 2020 by opening yourself up to “A World of Poetry.” We hope that this theme will inspire conversations, poems, and dialogues about the many ways poetry is expressed and honoured around the world, as well as the cultural impacts of poetry in different regions. We encourage poets from around the world to speak and write about what poetry means for their life experiences, perspectives and identity as well as the roots of poetry in their culture or country.

    For more information National Poetry Month please visit poets.ca/npm. You can also check out suggestions for how to get involved and celebrate this April here: poets.ca/2017/01/12/get-involved-with-national-poetry-month.

    Applications for NPM event funding are now open
    Hosting an NPM event this year? We’re now accepting applications from event hosts for our NPM funding program. Thanks to the continued support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are pleased to once again be able to provide funding directly to poets participating in NPM-themed events. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2020. Find our application form and guidelines at poets.ca/npmfunding.

    Be a Poetry City: get your event on our Poetry Map!
    Throughout April, we will update our Poetry Map to track all NPM events and happenings that we hear about. We encourage cities and towns to celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting a poet to read at a City Council meeting during April or March! Email us the details of your event at info@poets.ca.

    2020 Annual Poetry Awards: Important Dates

    • Saturday, March 21: On World Poetry Day, we will announce the winner of the 4rd annual Broadsheet Contest. For more information, visit poets.ca/broadsheet.
    • Wednesday, April 1: Join us at poets.ca/awards as we reveal the Longlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.
    • Tuesday, April 21: Find out who will make the Shortlists for our 2020 Annual Book Awards

    Poem in Your Pocket Day Returns
    On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at poets.ca/pocketpoem.

    Official NPM20 Poster and Bookmark
    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    The official NPM20 poster and bookmark was once again designed by Megan Fildes. Both will be available for free download at poets.ca/npm.

    We have a limited number of posters and bookmarks that we are excited to provide to libraries, classrooms, bookstores, and event organizers free of cost. Complete this form to request posters and bookmarks: https://forms.gle/KfUfKKNPZ69xktNi8

    Join the #NPM20 Conversation!
    Share your NPM activities and join the conversation by tagging us on Twitter or Instagram @CanadianPoets. and use the official #NPM20 hashtag.

    About National Poetry Month
    Established in April 1998 by the LCP, NPM brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture.

    About Poem in Your Pocket Day
    Each year on Poem in Your Pocket Day, schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and other venues ring loud with open readings of poems from pockets. As a special collaboration, the leading membership-based poetry organizations that sponsor National Poetry Month in North America—the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets—have created a guide to inspire and assist with local Poem in Your Pocket Day celebrations.

    About the League of Canadian Poets
    Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. For more information, visit Poets.ca.


    Media Contact: Laura O’Brien | laura@poets.ca | 416-504-1657

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 12:05 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Access Copyright Foundation (ACF) Marian Hebb Research Grants are designed to aid and facilitate research and inquiry related to Canadian writing, publishing and visual arts.

    Creators, as well as organizations and publishers, looking to undertake a research project that will result in a publishable work, program, strategic initiative, study or report are encouraged to apply for a Research Grant from the ACF.  

    Check out the ACF’s application guidelines (on pages 15-20) to learn more.

    To apply, please visit the Saskatchewan Arts Board Portal. The ACF grants program is administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

    The deadline for application is February 15 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

    Website: https://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/news/deadline-february-15-call-for-applications-access-copyright-foundation-marian-hebb-research-grants/

    Robert Gilbert

    Communications Specialist and Affiliate Relations
    416 868 1620 ext. 283

  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020 12:17 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to officially launch a new set of membership criteria, expanded to recognize and respect the many ways authors learn and develop their craft, and to reflect the many forms of literary expression practiced by today’s authors.
    More writers than ever before can access benefits such as funding for readings, professional development events and publications, group health insurance, as well as contract advice and grievance assistance.
    For many years after its founding in 1973, the Union had one main membership criterion – that the applicant have “a book published by a commercial or academic press.” In 2013, after much research and internal debate, that rule was expanded to include self-published books that demonstrate commercial intent. This past year as part of the Union’s equity initiatives, the criteria was expanded further.

    Authors at All Stages Can Benefit

    “We now use a points-based system to determine eligibility,” noted TWUC Chair Anita Daher. “In this way, authors at all stages of their career can join the Union and benefit from our services.”
    Following on work by TWUC’s Membership Criteria Review Task Force, discussion at the Unions’ annual general meeting, and a membership-wide referendum, the point system was approved.
    Applicants need six points to qualify for membership. A professionally published or self-published book qualifies for all six points, but writers without books can put six points together with other qualifications. Creative writing degrees, magazine and journal publication, co-authorship, and the winning of a juried literary prize can all count toward an applicant’s points total. As well, the points system values other forms of literary expression, such as public readings and spoken word.
    “The path to book publication has never been direct,” continued Daher, “and today writers come at publication from many different angles. Our new criteria is designed to respect this reality, and we look forward to welcoming and assisting new writers into the Union.”

    Contract Advice Before Authors Sign

    “What this means for the Union’s work,” added TWUC Executive Director John Degen, “is that we will now be able to offer contract advice to authors before they sign their first book deal. Too many first-time authors enter into agreements they later regret for one reason or another. We look forward to helping up-and-coming authors make better deals for themselves.”
    Full details about joining the Union are available on TWUC’s website at writersunion.ca/apply.

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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.

    For additional information
    John Degen, Executive Director
    The Writers’ Union of Canada
    416.703.8982 ext. 221

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 12:54 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Writers' Trust is excited to announce that two prizes will be given this year for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, an award with a proven track record of boosting the careers of young authors.

    Thanks to RBC's generous support, there will be one $10,000 winner for poetry and one $10,000 winner for short fiction. Three finalists in each genre will receive $2,500, a trip to Toronto to attend the award ceremony in May, and a mentorship opportunity.

    To be eligible to apply, a writer must be:

    • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Under the age of 35 as of February 25, 2020 
    • Previously published in an independently edited literary magazine or anthology
    • Unpublished in book form and without a book contract

    Deadline: FEB 25, 2020 (11:59 PT)

    Poetry guidelines

    Short fiction guidelines

    About Bronwen Wallace

    Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young writers as a creative writing instructor at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston. This award was established in her honour in 1994 by a group of friends and colleagues. Wallace felt that writers should have more opportunities for recognition early in their careers and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.

    Abut RBC
    Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. RBC’s success comes from the 85,000+ employees who bring their vision, values, and strategy to life so they can help their clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, RBC has a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to 17 million clients in Canada, the US, and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com. Since 2003, RBC’s investments in arts organizations have exceeded $80 million. Since 2015, over 13,000 artists have been supported through Emerging Artists programs. In 2019, the RBC Foundation donated $8 million as part of the Emerging Artists Project to over 300 organizations in Canada, helping to bridge the gap for over 2,500 emerging artists. RBC is proud to support a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. See how at rbc.com/community-social-impact/.

    For more information please get in touch with the program coordinator:
    416-504-822 x248
    1-877-906-6548 x248 (toll free)

  • Thursday, January 02, 2020 12:34 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Awards.

    The Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been awarded since 1989, and are the only program dedicated to the recognition of excellence in book publishing in Alberta. Industry professionals from across Canada are asked to adjudicate and select the very best examples of Alberta publishing in up to fourteen distinct categories. The awards are open to all active Alberta owned and controlled publishers whose primary activity is publishing original material; nominated books must have been published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

    Submissions will be accepted until February 28, 2020 and the awards will be presented on September 11, 2020 at a gala event in Calgary, Alberta. For complete details on the awards and process please visit www.bookpublishers.ab.ca/awards.


    For more information contact:
    Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director

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