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

NOTES from Past Meetings

To extend the content of our monthly Toronto meetings to our full membership across Canada, we provide notes from these meetings on our website.
  • 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


    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
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 2:18 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)
    Entries are now being accepted for the Canadian Authors Association's 2013 Literary Awards. 

    Criteria and submission details are available in the CAA 2013 Literary Awards Guidelines. Complete the CAA 2013 Awards entry form online and send it to us along with your entries. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013. 

    Now in its 38th year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. Past winners have included Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Micheal Ondaatje, Carol Shields, Patrick DeWitt, Nino Ricci and countless other literary stars - some relatively unknown at the time they received the award.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:46 PM | Karen Krossing


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

    2013 Forest of Reading® Nominees

    The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for the 2013 Forest of Reading® Program.

    Blue Spruce™ Nominees (Grades K - 2)

    • JoJo the Giant, written by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Esperança Melo, Tundra Books
    • Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story, written by Martin Springett, photos by Isobel Springett, Penguin Group (Canada)
    • Larf, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, Kids Can Press
    • Splinters, written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester, Tundra Books

    Silver Birch® Nominees (Grades 3 - 6)


    • Dragon Seer’s Gift, written by Janet McNaughton, HarperCollins Publishers
    • The Grave Robber’s Apprentice, written by Allan Stratton, HarperCollins Publishers
    • Making Bombs For Hitler, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Scholastic Canada
    • Missing, written by Becky Citra, Orca Book Publishers
    • Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse, written by Kevin Sylvester, Simon & Schuster


    • Explorers Who Made it ... or died trying, written by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Bill Dickson, Scholastic Canada
    • No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs, written by Rob Laidlaw, Pajama Press
    • Shannen and the Dream for a School, written by Janet Wilson, Second Story Press
    • To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, written by Kathy Kacer, Second Story Press


    • In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra Books
    • I Owe You One, written by Natalie Hyde, Orca Book Publishers
    • Matatu, written by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell, Orca Book Publishers
    • The Paper House, written by Lois Peterson, Orca Book Publishers
    • Who Needs a Swamp?, written and illustrated by Karen Patkau, Tundra Books

    Red Maple™ Nominees (Grades 7 - 8)


    • crush. candy. corpse., written by Sylvia McNicoll, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Dragon Turn, written by Shane Peacock, Tundra Books
    • End of Days, written by Eric Walters, Doubleday Canada
    • First Descent, written by Pam Withers, Tundra Books
    • Testify, written by Valerie Sherrard, Dundurn Press
    • This Dark Endeavour, written by Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Publishers
    • The Tiffin, written by Mahtab Narsimhan, Dancing Cat Books


    • Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War, written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Pajama Press
    • Lizards in the Sky: Animals Where You Least Expect Them, written by Claire Eamer, Annick Press
    • The Lowdown On Denim, written by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, Annick Press
    • Real Justice: Fourteen And Sentenced To Death - The Story of Steven Truscott, written by Bill Swan, James Lorimer & Company
    • The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide To Cash, written by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, Owlkids Books Inc.

    White Pine™ Nominees (Grades 9 - 12)

    • All Good Children, written by Catherine Austen, Orca Book Publishers
    • Karma, written by Cathy Ostlere, Puffin Canada
    • The Taming, written by Eric Walters and Teresa Toten, Doubleday Canada
    • Witchlanders, written by Lena Coakley, Atheneum Books

    The OLA also offers two adult reading categories: Evergreen™ and Golden Oak™. The Golden Oak program provides new readers in adult literacy programs to read books chosen specifically for them. The nominees in this category are:

    • Behind Enemy Lines, written by Carol Matas, Scholastic Canada
    • Remembering The Titanic, written by Frieda Wishinsky, Scholastic Inc.
    • In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, written by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins, Tundra Books
    • Matatu, written by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell, Orca Book Publishers
    • No Ordinary Day, written by Deborah Ellis, Groundwood Books

    Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

    Sarah Ellis has been nominated for the The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world's largest award for children's and young adult literature. Sarah was chosen as one of 207 candidates from 67 countries. This award is named for Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden’s most important authors. The recipient or recipients of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on 26 March 2013 at 1 pm. 

    Jacqueline Guest awarded the prestigious Indspire Award for the Arts

    Jacqueline Guest is the recipient of the prestigious Indspire Award for the Arts, which recognizes Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. Created in 1993 in conjunction with the UN's International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Indspire Awards represent the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers.

    Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award

    IBBY Canada announces the winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Picture Book Award: A Few Blocks by Cybèle Young, published by Groundwood Books.

    2012 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature

    Paul Yee is the winner of the 2012 Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature. Yee has contributed uniquely and powerfully to our literary landscape over a writing career that spans almost 30 years. He was virtually the first children’s author to document the Chinese Canadian experience from its early days to the present.

    2012 Matt Cohen Award

    Jean Little is the winner of the 2012 Matt Cohen Award. Established by a group of anonymous donors, the Matt Cohen Award recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer, working in either poetry or prose in either French or English. Jean Little is recognized throughout North America for her candid and unsentimental portrayals of adolescent life.

    Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

    The Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature Text goes to The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, by Susin Nielsen, Tundra Books.

  • Friday, November 09, 2012 1:57 PM | Karen Krossing
    As a celebration of its 35th anniversary, CANSCAIP announces its first ever Creator-in-Residence program. From January 15 to May 15, 2013, CANSCAIP will have not one, but two, Creators-in-Residence. Please join us in welcoming BC illustrator Dianna Bonder and Ontario author Kathy Stinson as our 2013 CANSCAIP Creators-in-Residence.

    The purpose of this program is to encourage exchanges between our Creator-in-Residence and the CANSCAIP community across Canada, and to foster mentorship of new and emerging authors and illustrators who are both Members and Friends of CANSCAIP. As part of this program, Dianna Bonder and Kathy Stinson will each be conducting twelve Creator-in-Residence Blue Pencil Mentorships.

    For information on how to apply to be mentored by Dianna or Kathy, please click here.

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