Longlist for CANSCAIP’s 2021 Writing for Children Competition
Shortlist to be announced in September, finalists and winners in October
August 26, 2021: CANSCAIP congratulates the writers of the entries on the longlist of our 2021 Writing for Children Competition. More than 600 entries were received. The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996, and CANSCAIP took it in 2014. The goal of the Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote emerging writers of children's literature.
Feedback for every entry is a unique and valuable benefit for the writers entering the Competition—all the entries get evaluation comments from at least one round of reading. CANSCAIP Members volunteer as first-round readers or second-round readers, and evaluate entries in the categories of their published books—for example, picture book authors evaluate the picture book entries. The feedback of the readers will be sent to all the writers in November.
As a group, the Competition's first-round readers evaluated all the entries and selected those that proceeded to the second round. The second-round readers evaluated those entries and selected the longlist. This year, another round of evaluation has been added to produce a shortlist: a group of readers will be evaluating the longlist and selecting the entries for the shortlist, which will be announced in September. The entries on the shortlist will then proceed to the juries, and the finalists and winners will be announced in October.
CANSCAIP is very grateful to the Members who volunteered as the 2021 readers; many have also volunteered in previous years: Lana Button, Kathy Clark, Lena Coakley, Lisa Dalrymple, Kathryn Ellis, Heather Gale, Loretta Garbutt, Linda Granfield, Theo Heras, Alison Lohans, Carol L. MacKay, Patsy MacKinnon, Ishta Mercurio, Mireille Messier, Jean Mills, Jennifer Mook-Sang, Monica Nawrocki, Colleen Nelson, Heather O’Connor, Deb Patz, Karen J. Rankin, Aimee Reid, Gillian Richardson, Raquel Rivera, Judy Ann Sadler, Jocelyn Shipley, Margaret Springer, and Susan White. We are grateful also to Member Jean Pendziwol for volunteering to manage and organize the 600+ entries and allocate them to the readers and juries.
PICTURE BOOK LONGLIST
Hassina Benchabane - The Cricket Game
Lynda Benjamin - The Girl with the Rainbow Boots
Leah Block - Runaway Rabbit
Jane Blondie - No Bath for Charlie!
Jenna Campbell - The Secret Ingredients
Laura Clipsham - The Best Place Ever: Where Can it Be?
Mike Cope - Stitch and Bewitch
Laurie Crookell - Dragon Learns to Read + Dragon Wants to Read
Jillian Dobson - Ishbel's Letters
Jillian Dobson - Molly the Artist
Jillian Dobson - The Microphone
Thereza Dos Santos - Mr. Penguin
Dana DuPerron - Garden Baby
Jacki England - Evergreen Evermore
Fiona Forster - Silence
Kim Gogo-Melvin - Why Am I a Spider Monkey
Neil and Ann Gray - Big Blue
Tessa Greyling - A Tree Called Leaf
Christine Henderson - Christmas on the Waves
Linda Jonasson - The Hockey Stick
Grace Kennedy - The Little Brown Bat
Alice Klopstra - Twenty-Nine Wishbones
Courtney Lakevold - Call Me Bison
S. Robin Larin - Gilbert the Exceptional Goat
Kalinda Link - The Mango Princess
Carol Macpherson - Nana the Secret Superhero
Susan Marcus - Lucca's First Fish
Maureen Marovitch - Ilena Lives Here
Maureen Marovitch - Queen and Fox
Cutler Marta - Claire the Wiggly Worm
Sofia Martimianakis - The Case of the Missing Eggs
Sofia Martimianakis - The Little Lonely Wolf
Margo McLoughlin - Cakes for All Occasions
Sheryl Niebergall - In the Rain
Karen O'Byrne - I Would Like to Be
Richa Parashar - What's Your Name Story?
Dianne Pede - A Space-A-Licious Mission
Teja Rachamalla - When I Was Small
Caterina Salvatori - Cora & Keiko
Brian Slattery - Mister Mephisto's Midnight Ride
Susan Smith - Saturdays with Grandma
Suzanne Socken - Molly's First Snowman
Suzanne Socken - Lola's Labelmaker
Rosalyn Yake - Help Me Throw Starfish!
CHAPTER BOOK LONGLIST
Julie Kavanagh - Just What I Need
Sara Jane Kehler - The Rocket Ship
Dale Kerr - The Mysterious Toilet
Rowena Mascarenhas - Cordelia
Rhonda Verbicky - Patrick, Stop That Nonsense!
Carmen Wittmeier - Jubilee and the Birthday Wizards
Carmen Wittmeier - Jubilee and the Tooth Fairy Trap
MIDDLE GRADE LONGLIST
Trevor Copp - Carnival of Animals
Emily Deibert - Bea Mullins Takes a Shot
Loie Dunn - The Magical Confectioner
Jackie Friedman Mighdoll - Oy Vey, Lily J.
Ashliegh Gehl - Mostly Giant
John Haines - Deotila and the Moon Lizard
Wes Hubert - The Winter Rangers
Karen Jones - The Real Dealio
Geri Lalach - My Name is Rupert Glick
Mary Pike - Tangly Secrets
Bryan (B.L.) Smith - The Irritating Misadventures of Bert Mintenko
James Steeves - Curse of the Noose
Carol Teed - RX One Dog
Sarah Van Goethem - Tilly Dewberry and the Very Dark Wood
Rud Verhagen - Figure Skater Boy
D.M. Wagner - My Brother, the Dragon
YOUNG ADULT LONGLIST
Elizabeth Chestney - Otherworld: The White Raven
Nicola Dahlin - If We Tell You
Melissa de Haan - Flying Too Close to the Sun
Ashliegh Gehl - Blue
Scott Lear - The Fighting Swan
Donna Reid - The Starting Place (Ch. 13)
Janette Shipston Chan - The False Son
Bryan (B.L.) Smith - The Last Golden Light
Susan Thomas - The Mortal Rent
D.M. Wagner - Dirt Magic
S. E. Wilson - Assumed Identity
Karon Young - Storm Bringer
Karon Young - The Wildwoods
About the Writing for Children Competition
Reader feedback for each entry is a unique and potentially very beneficial element for writers who enter CANSCAIP’s Writing for Children Competition. In November, all the writers will receive the evaluation comments of the readers who evaluated their entries.
The readers are published CANSCAIP Members who volunteer for the Competition. CANSCAIP is very grateful to these readers--many of them have volunteered as readers for several years.
The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative. A goal of the Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote not-yet-published writers of children's literature across Canada.