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NOTES from Past Meetings

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  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:44 PM | Karen Krossing
    Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University is launching the third Manchester Poetry Prize – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.

    The Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best poems submitted. The competition is open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.

    All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum length: 120 lines). The poems can be on any subject, and written in any style or form, but must be new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

    For more details visit:

    Deadline: August 31, 2012
  • Friday, July 13, 2012 12:42 PM | Karen Krossing
    The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of its author.

    The prize of £1,500, plus the option for Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children's Books to publish the novel, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 18 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry. The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words.

    The closing date for all entries is 31st December 2012. Helena Mulhearn (the award's coordinator) confirmed that non-UK writers can enter the competition.

    For more details visit:

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:36 PM | Karen Krossing

    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners and nominees:

    Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration

    At the Atlantic Book Awards held in May in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the winner of the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration was announced as There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Sheree Fitch (Nimbus Publishing).

    2012 South Asia Book Awards

    The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, is given annually for up to two outstanding works of literature and up to five Honor Books and Highly Commended Books, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, which accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Honor Book: No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Highly Commended Book: Karma by Cathy Ostlere, Razorbill

    IODE Violet Downey Book Award

    Janet McNaughton, author of The Dragon Seer’s Gift, published by HarperCollins Canada, wins the IODE Violet Downey Book Award for the second time. The prize was announced at the National Annual Meeting of IODE Canada in May.

    2012 Chocolate Lily Awards

    The winners of the 2012 Chocolate Lily Awards were announced in May. The Chocolate Lily Awards began with a desire to encourage BC grade school children to read books by authors and illustrators living in British Columbia. After seven years, Chocolate Lily has grown into a nationally recognized book awards program. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Picture Book: Stanley’s Little Sister, written by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin, Kids Can Press

    Novel: Follow the Elephant, written by Beryl Young, Ronsdale Press

    2012-2013 Chocolate Lily Nominations

    Congratulations to the publishers, authors, and illustrators for their 2012-2013 Chocolate Lily nominations. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    2012-2013 Chapter Book Nominees (Grade 3 – Grade 5)

    • Ghosts of the Titanic by Julie Lawson, Scholastic
    • That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis, Scholastic
    • The Runaway by Glen Huser, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Run Marco Run by Norma Charles, Ronsdale Press
    • The Whole Truth by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins
    • Ice Storm by Penny Draper, Coteau Books

    2012- 2012 Picture Book Nominees

    • Pussycat, Pussycat Where have you Been by Dan Bar-el, Simply Read Books
    • Seal Song by Andrea Spalding, Orca Books
    • Grandpa’s Girls by Nicola I. Campbell, Groundwood

    First Nation Communities Read program

    The winner of this year’s First Nation Communities Read program is Janet Wilson’s Shannen and the Dream for a School (Second Story Press), about the fight to get a new school for the Northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat.

    2012 Arthur Ellis Award

    The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards. The winner for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book is Blink and Caution, written by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candlewick Press.

    2012 CBA Libris Awards

    The Canadian Booksellers Association has revealed the winners of this year’s Libris Awards, which recognize literary achievement as voted on by independent booksellers. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    Young Reader: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Canada)
    Picture Book: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)

    Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

    The 2012 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were revealed in May at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School. The winner in the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category is The Whole Truth, by Kit Pearson, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

    Red Cedar Book Awards

    The winners of the 2011/2012 Red Cedar Book Awards include Fiction Award Winner After the Fire by Becky Citra, Orca Books. Nominees for next year’s Red Cedar Award were also announced. Titles by CANSCAIPers include:

    2012/2013 Fiction Nominees

    • Ice Storm by Penny Draper, Coteau Books
    • Racing Home by Adele Dueck, Coteau Books
    • That Boy Red  by Rachna Gilmore, HarperCollins
    • To Stand on My Own: the Polio Epidemic Diary of Noreen Robertson by Barbara Haworth-Attard, Scholastic
    • Saving Arm Pit by Natalie Hyde, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Exiles From the War: The War Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss by Jean Little, Scholastic
    • The Listening Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Dragon Seer’s Gift by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins
    • Nutz! by Virginia Frances Schwartz, illustrated by Christina Leist, Tradewind Books
    • Catboy by Eric Walters, Orca Books

    2012-2013 Information Nominees

    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue From War by Marsha Forchuck Skrypuch, Pajama Press
    • Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes, Owlkids
    • Highway of Heroes by Kathy Stinson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson, Second Story
    • Our Earth: How Kids are Saving the Planet by Janet Wilson, Second Story
    • Explorers Who Made It ... Or Died Trying by Frieda Wishinsky, Scholastic

    2012 Alberta Literary Awards

    At the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards, the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature was announced. The winner is Karma by Cathy Ostlere, Puffin Canada.

  • Tuesday, June 05, 2012 6:30 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Join us for guest speaker Luanne Armstrong. 

    A writer and teacher of many talents, Luanne is a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children’s author, PHd in Creative Writing, teacher, editor, and farmer from the Kootenays. 

    Luanne is teaching at Women’s Words at the U of A the first week of June. 

    She has taught or mentored many CANSCAIP members; come out and see what new tips and tricks she has to share!

    For location details, please email Edmonton Regional Rep, Dennis Lee:
  • Friday, June 01, 2012 12:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Catherine 2012 Toronto Romance Writers Contest 

    Three weeks left to enter! Get your entry ready!

    Deadline: June 1, 2012    Electronic entries only 

    Entry includes: The first pages of your novel-length manuscript plus a synopsis. Up to 30 pages combined. 

    Eligibility: The Catherine is open to all unpublished writers (whether or not a member of RWA) and any member of RWA who is not eligible to join RWA-PAN. Entry must be uncontracted, unpublished as of entry date. 

    First round judging: Each entry will be judged by three writers; the lowest score will be dropped. 

    Categories and Final Round Judges: Contemporary Series – Wanda Ottewell, Harlequin Contemporary Single Title – Leonore Waldrip, HQN Historical – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic – Esi Sogah, Avon Romantic Suspense – Leis Pederson, Berkley Strong Romantic Elements – Kathleen Gilligan, St. Martin's Young Adult – Karen Chaplin, HarperCollins Children's Books 

    Gold Ticket Grand Prize: The top entry in each category is entered into Gold Ticket round to be judged by Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. The Gold Ticket winner receives a three-chapter critique by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. 

    For more information, visit

    Happy writing and entering!
  • Friday, June 01, 2012 12:12 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Art Show Exhibit of paintings by Frances Tyrrell from The Illustrated Gazette, author Avril Tyrrell 

    Exhibit of paintings by Frances Tyrrell from The Illustrated Fairy Gazette, author Avril Tyrrell 

    Date: Opening reception, June 3, noon-6 pm. Regular hours June 3 - July 1, Saturdays and Sundays noon-6 pm., Thursdays 6-8 pm. 

    Location: Arcadia Gallery, 680 Queens Quay West, Toronto (west of Bathurst) Website or Email Address: 

    Other Information: "Children and fairies welcome. Wings may be worn." To contact Frances,, To contact Avril,
  • Saturday, May 26, 2012 10:00 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    This one-day workshop will teach you how to get a publisher’s attention by writing a professional book proposal. 

    Manuscript submission protocol, standards, and guidelines will also be discussed. 

    Sat, May 26, 2012, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Instructor: Joan Marie Galat (
    For more information email MacEwan Writing Works at or call 780-497-5346.
  • Friday, May 25, 2012 3:01 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Janet Wilson's Shannen and the Dream for a School has won the First Nations Communities Read Competition

    Cathy Ostlere's Karma is a highly commended book with the 2012 South Asian Book Awards

  • Friday, May 25, 2012 2:09 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    A Medley of NonFiction Writing for Children
    Explore ways to write children’s nonfiction including alphabet books, historical stories, information books, and more. Expect to take part in creativity, writing, and self-editing exercises.

    You will write a query letter, begin a nonfiction book proposal, and discover how to build your credentials. There will be opportunities for feedback and learning about the publishing industry. 

    Whether you are an aspiring writer or established author, this medley of nonfiction will expand your range of creative choices and empower you with the tools needed to succeed in this exciting area of writing. 

    Instructor: Joan Marie Galat 
    Dates: Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
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