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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:17 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Women’s Words: Summer Writing Week commemorates its 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate this landmark date, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension is inviting all women who have ever taken a class in the program to submit poetry, short fiction, or nonfiction pieces to an anthology. Edited by authors Shirley Serviss and Janice Williamson, the anthology will be launched during this year’s Women’s Words, on Sunday, June 2, 5–7 pm, Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton). The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013. For the submission guidelines and more information on the program, please visit
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:27 PM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)


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

    Canadians Honoured at ALA Midwinter Meeting

    In January, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the 2013 award-winning books. Canadian young-adult author Beverley Brenna’s latest novel, The White Bicycle (Red Deer Press), is an Honour book for the Michael L. Printz Award, given each year to the best book written for young adults. Author Rachel Hartman took home the William C. Morris Award for her debut YA fantasy novel, Seraphina (Doubleday). The William C. Morris Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

    YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting

    Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    • Seraphina*, written by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday
    • The Book of Life by Angel, written by Martine Leavitt, Groundwood Books
    • Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book Two, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins

    USBBY Outstanding International Books

    USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. All books on the list were published in 2012 and chosen by a committee of USBBY members. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    • Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • My Name is Parvana, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books
    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    OLA 2012 Best Bets

    Each year the OLA Best Bets Committee selects the top Canadian picture books, fiction and non-fiction for children, and fiction for teens. Books are selected on the basis of their literary merit as well as their appeal to the intended audience. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    Picture Books

    • JoJo the Giant, written by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Esperança Melo, Tundra Books
    • The Stamp Collector, written by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, Fitzhenry & Whiteside
    • Wishes, written by Jean Little, illustrated by Geneviève Côté, North Winds Press
    • Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press
    • Dear Flyary, written by Dianne Young, illustrated by John Martz, Kids Can Press

    Honourable Mentions

    • A Hen for Izzy Pippik, written by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Marie Lafrance, Kids Can Press

    Middle Grade Fiction

    • Middle of Nowhere, written by Caroline Adderson, Groundwood Books
    • Yesterday’s Dead, written by Pat Bourke, Second Story Press
    • Ungifted, written by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Canada
    • The Paper House, written by Lois Peterson, Orca Book Publishers
    • Making Bombs for Hitler, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, written by Allan Stratton,  HarperCollins Canada

    Honourable Mentions

    • Hold the Pickles, written by Vicki Grant, Orca Book Publishers

    Young Adult Fiction

    • Running on Empty, written by Don Aker, HarperCollins Canada
    • Redwing, written by Holly Bennett, Orca Book Publishers
    • Shade & Sorceress, written by Catherine Egan, Coteau Books
    • Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman, Doubleday Canada
    • Crush. Candy. Corpse, written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, written by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books

    Honourable Mentions

    • How to Tend a Grave, written by Jocelyn Shipley, Great Plains Teen Fiction
    • Such Wicked Intent, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada

    Notable Non Fiction

    • Bodyguards: From Gladiators to the Secret Service, written by Ed Butts, illustrated by Scott Plumbe, Annick Press


    • Hey Canada!, written by Vivien Bowers, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic, Tundra Books
    • The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods, written by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd,  Annick Press
    • A Good Trade, written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, Pajama Press
    • Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries from Coast to Coast, written by Natalie Hyde, illustrated by Matt Hammill, Owlkids Books Inc.
    • Hockey Science: 25 Winning Experiments, written by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone, illustrated by Lorenzo Del Bianco, Scholastic Canada
    • The Secret of the Village Fool, written by Rebecca Upjohn, illustrated by Renné Benoit, Second Story Press

    Sydney Taylor Book Award

    The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series and is presented annually by the Association of Jewish Libraries in the United States. Titles by CANSCAIP members include:

    Notable Books for Younger Readers

    • A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson with illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss, Random House

    Notable Books for Teens

    • Rachel’s Secret by Shelly Sanders, Second Story
    • The Last Song by Eva Wiseman, Tundra Books

    Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award

    Canadian novelist and short-story writer Caroline Adderson has been long-listed for the world’s richest short-story prize, the £30,000 ($47,000) Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. There are 16 stories nominated, and the eligibility criterion for the prize is that the author must have been published, either in book or magazine form, in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The story that Adderson submitted, called Erection Man, has not been published. The short list, of six, will be announced in a month – each of these finalists will win £1,000 ($1,600). The winner will be announced in Oxford on March 22.

    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

    A new commemorative medal was created in 2012 to mark the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Barbara Reid and Jean Little accepted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in early February.


  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:28 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Writing by the Sea 

    Picture yourself writing on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia in September. Picture yourself getting feedback there from one of Canada’s leading editors and one of Canada’s leading authors for young people, feedback that will help you take your current project to new heights of brilliance. The good news is: you may not have to just imagine. Peter Carver and Kathy Stinson are offering their Seaside Writing Workshop/Retreat once again in 2013 - in the week of September 8 to 14 – to six lucky writers dedicated to their craft. They welcome applications from novices and veterans alike. Since this workshop program was launched, several participants have gone on to secure publishing contracts and to see their manuscripts become books. One even won a Governor General's Award for the project she worked on there, and another was shortlisted for a GG. All have gained immensely from the opportunities presented by this workshop. 

    If accepted, you'll be staying in a 150-year-old renovated farmhouse, with a mile of sand beach a few minutes away, and the famous Keji seaside adjunct a 20-minute drive away. You'll join others in a stimulating five days and six nights all devoted to your writing B with private writing time, stimulating workshops, and personal feedback from Peter and Kathy. 

    Peter is children's book editor for Red Deer Press, former teacher of Writing for Children for George Brown College, and recipient of the Claude Aubry Award for a distinguished contribution to the field of children's literature. Kathy is the author of a number of highly successful books for a range of young readers, an experienced workshop leader, and editor of children's and adult fiction and non-fiction. 

    To find out all you need to know about how to apply, where you’ll stay, the setting, and what former participants in the experience have to say, click on ‘Workshops’ on Kathy’s website,

    Kathy and Peter look forward to receiving your application by April 30.
  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013 11:01 AM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Sci-Fi on the Rock is Newfoundland’s largest science fiction convention hosting more than 2000 guests over a 3 day weekend. With entertainers from all sections of Sci-Fi coming to our convention each year, we are looking to expand on our current group of writers and focus on a national selection of writers of the genres we love. Our convention is held each April with our next running April 26-28, 2013. 

    Please check out for more information on our convention. For those interested in obtaining more information on the convention, attending and even leading workshops, please contact Keith Makse for more information.
  • Monday, February 04, 2013 2:55 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    In the Montreal area? Join us! Over the past three to five years, Régine Frank and Wendy Singer have found success in getting various types of their writing published in children's magazines. They will share insight into writing for these publications, offer tips on submitting work to periodicals for young people, discuss the benefits of having one's work published in children's magazines, and more!

    Time and location here: CANSCAIP Montreal meeting

    Contact Carol-Ann Hoyte, Quebec CANSCAIP representative for futher info at kidlitfan1972 at yahoo dot com
  • Friday, December 14, 2012 2:38 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Read Karen's advice on writing for children; and check out fellow CANSCAIPers who are participating in CBC Writes Seusstivus! Join in on Tuesday, Dec 18 via Twitter
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012 4:02 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Assistant Professor in Creative Writing 

    The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in the Creative Writing Program, to begin July 1, 2013. 

    Requirements include: graduate degree (Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing preferred, but a combination of a Masters degree in a related discipline and appropriate writing and publishing experience would be acceptable); demonstrated excellence in writing in one or more of the following forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s writing; experience in the teaching of university-level creative writing courses preferred; experience in teaching in online settings an asset; two major publications or productions required. The ideal candidate will have an international profile and experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including both workshops and large lecture classes. 

    The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to high quality undergraduate and graduate education and s/he will be expected to teach a total of 15 credits per year, to participate fully in Creative Writing teaching team work and program administration, to supervise a number of graduate theses, and to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and scholarly activity, which includes a distinguished record of professional publication and artistic production. Applicants should email a letter of application, including a brief statement about pedagogical perspectives on the teaching of creative writing, a current CV, evidence of teaching ability and effectiveness (course outlines, student evaluations, etc.) directed to Chair, Selection Committee, Creative Writing Program, University of British Columbia at crwr dot selection at ubc dot ca. 

    They should also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation (including letters from established writers and indicating suitability of the candidate for appointment in an academic setting) to be sent under separate cover to the above email address. In addition, a copy of each of two recent publications should be mailed to: Chair, Selection Committee Creative Writing Program University of British Columbia Buchanan E462 - 1866 Main Mall Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z1 Canada 

    The deadline for receipt of applications is January 31, 2013. The starting salary for each position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Positions are subject to final budgetary approval. The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will, however, be given priority.
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2012 8:44 AM | Karen Krossing (Administrator)


    Congratulations to the following CANSCAIP members who are award winners:

    2012 Sunburst Winners

    The Sunburst Award Committee announced that the winner of its 2012 young adult award is All Good Children by Catherine Austen (Orca Book Publishers). The Sunburst Awards honor Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

    2012 Heritage and History Book Award

    Janet McNaughton won the 2012 Heritage and History Book Awards in the Children’s/Young Adult Literature category for her novel The Dragon Seer’s Gift (HarperCollins Canada). The Heritage and History Book Awards are sponsored by the Historic Sites Association and administered by the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL).

    Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature           

    On November 20, 2012, the Quebec Writers’ Federation held its annual Awards Gala in Montreal. The QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature went to Catherine Austen for 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd.

  • Friday, November 30, 2012 1:39 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    The Research Grants application package is now posted on the Saskatchewan Arts Board website: 

    Deadline is January 15, 2013.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:58 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for a Writer in Residence at Kingston Frontenac Public Library from January through June 2014. This is a six-month contract where the Writer in Residence spends 40 percent of his or her time on library projects and 60 percent on his or her own writing. The Writer in Residence will work with emerging writers in the community in workshops, one-to-one consultations, and other programs in Kingston and Frontenac County. For example, the selected applicant will conduct writing workshops with various groups from the community, including teens and existing writing circles, public readings, evaluation of manuscripts, online promotion of the program. 

    Kingston, with its unique heritage and personality, is the major population centre of eastern Ontario. Located on Lake Ontario, it is a two-hour drive from Ottawa and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto and Montreal. It is home to Queen's University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College. Culture and the arts abound, along with great shopping, dining and outdoor recreational experiences. 

    Eligibility: • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency in Canada • A minimum of one professionally published title in any of the following genres: fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s literature or literary non-fiction that lends itself to a public reading • Experience working with emerging writers of various ages on their manuscripts • Experience giving readings and workshops 

    The successful applicant must be working on or planning to work on a new project intended for book-length publication. Please note: this opportunity is not open to employees &/or volunteers of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

    Application Process: Please submit a curriculum vitae or résumé with a publications list, three references, and a proposal of workshops or programs you might offer. Please include a sample of recent work (20-30 pp) and a description of a writing project to be worked on during the residency. 

    Contract Terms: Terms of employment are based on Canada Council guidelines. The remuneration for the six-month contract is $24,000 (based on 35 hours a week). The Writer in Residence will be responsible for his or her own accommodation and travel costs to Kingston. Office space will be provided at the Central branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The work may include some travel to other branches in Kingston and Frontenac County. This contract is subject to Canada Council funding. Grant outcome will be known in the summer 2013. 

    Deadline for application: December 7, 2012 

    Apply to: Writer in Residence Selection Committee c/o Mary Glenn Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson Street Kingston, ON K7L 1X8 Or mglenn at kfpl dot ca
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