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Finalists and Winners 2021 Writing for Children Competition 

October 30, 2021: CANSCAIP is delighted to announce the finalists and winners of the annual Writing for Children Competition. Each of the winners receives $500. CANSCAIP also sends the winner and finalist entries to publishers Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada. 

PICTURE BOOK

WINNER: Maureen Marovitch – Ilena Lives Here

FINALIST: Jenna Campbell – The Secret Ingredients

FINALIST: Christine Henderson – Christmas on the Waves


CHAPTER BOOK

WINNER: Rhonda Verbicky – Patrick Stop That Nonsense

FINALIST: Carmen Wittmeier - Jubilee and the Tooth Fairy Trap


MIDDLE GRADE

WINNER: Jackie Friedman Mighdoll – Oy Vey, Lily J

FINALIST: Karen Jones – The Real Dealio

FINALIST: Mary Pike – Tangly Secrets


YOUNG ADULT

WINNER: Nicola Dahlin – If We Tell You

FINALIST: Melissa de Haan – Flying Too Close to the Sun

FINALIST: Karon Young – The Wildwoods


The 2021 Writing for Children Competition received more than 600 entries.  All the entries were evaluated by first-round readers who provided written evaluations, and selected the entries that proceed to second-round readers. The second-round readers provided written evaluations for that smaller group of entries, and selected the longlist.  Another group of readers selected the shortlist which proceeded to the jury, and from the shortlist the jurors selected finalists and winners.

In November 2021, all the writers who entered the Competition receive evaluation comments for their entries.  Written evaluations for each entry by the Competition readers are a unique benefit of entering the Competition, and entries on the shortlist also receive evaluation comments from the juries.

A big thank you to the CANSCAIP Members who volunteered as readers and juries: Lana Button, Kathy Clark, Lena Coakley, Lisa Dalrymple, Kathryn Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Heather Gale, Loretta Garbutt, Linda Granfield, Theo Heras, Susan Hughes, Marthe Jocelyn, Alison Lohans, Carol L. MacKay, Patsy MacKinnon, Janet McNaughon, 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, Jessica Scott Kerrin, Jocelyn Shipley, Margaret Springer, Kathy Stinson, and Susan White. And thank you to CANSCAIP Member Jean Pendziwol who managed and allocated the entries to the readers and juries.

The next Writing for Children Competition will open in March 2022. 

The goal of the Writing for Children Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote not-yet-published writers. The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Competition in 1996, and CANSCAIP took it over in 2014. CANSCAIP, founded in 1977, is a national membership-based not-for-profit organization offering professional development opportunities for both published and unpublished children's authors and illustrators. www.canscaip.org

Shortlist 2021 Writing for Children Competition

September 22, 2021: CANSCAIP congratulates the writers of entries on the 2021 Writing for Children Competition shortlist.

Feedback for every entry is a unique benefit for the writers who enter the Competition—all entries get evaluation comments from at least one round of reading. The feedback will be sent to all the writers in November.

CANSCAIP Members volunteer as the first-round readers, second-round readers or juries. More than 600 entries were received. As a group, first-round readers evaluated all the entries and selected those to proceed to second round. Second-round readers evaluated that smaller group of entries and selected the longlist. This year a shortlist stage was added, and a group of readers evaluated the longlisted entries and selected the shortlist. The entries on the shortlist are now being evaluated by juries who will select the finalists and winners.  

PICTURE BOOK SHORTLIST
Hassina Benchabane - The Cricket Game

Jane Blondie - No Bath for Charlie!          

Jenna Campbell - The Secret Ingredients

Jillian Dobson - Ishbel's Letters

Jillian Dobson - Molly the Artist 

Jillian Dobson - The Microphone               

Neil and Ann Gray - Big Blue       

Christine Henderson - Christmas on the Waves  

Grace Kennedy - The Little Brown Bat     

Alice Klopstra – Twenty-Nine Wishbones

Courtney Lakevold - Call Me Bison   

Kalinda Link - The Mango Princess        

Susan Marcus - Lucca's First Fish               

Maureen Marovitch - Ilena Lives Here

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?           

Brian Slattery - Mister Mephisto's Midnight Ride

Suzanne Socken - Molly's First Snowman

Suzanne Socken - Lola's Labelmaker       


CHAPTER BOOK SHORTLIST
Sara Jane Kehler - The Rocket Ship           

Dale Kerr - The Mysterious Toilet             

Rhonda Verbicky - Patrick, Stop That Nonsense!

Carmen Wittmeier - Jubilee and the Birthday Wizards     

Carmen Wittmeier - Jubilee and the Tooth Fairy Trap      


MIDDLE GRADE SHORTLIST
Jackie Friedman Mighdoll - Oy Vey, Lily J.              

Karen Jones - The Real Dealio     

Geri Lalach - My Name is Rupert Glick    

Mary Pike - Tangly Secrets          

Carol Teed - RX One Dog              

Sarah Van Goethem - Tilly Dewberry and the Very Dark Wood    

Rud Verhagen - Figure Skater Boy      

      

YOUNG ADULT SHORTLISTJolie Carey - EarWii6

Nicola Dahlin - If We Tell You     

Melissa de Haan - Flying Too Close to the Sun     

Ashliegh Gehl - Blue       

Donna   Reid - The Starting Place (Ch. 13)              

D.M. Wagner - Dirt Magic            

S. E. Wilson - Assumed Identity 

Karon Young - Storm Bringer      

Karon Young - The Wildwoods   


Longlist 2021 Writing for Children Competition

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.

Feedback for every entry is a unique benefit for writers entering the Competition—all entries get evaluation comments from at least one round of reading. CANSCAIP Members volunteer as the first-round readers, second-round readers or juries. The feedback will be sent to all the writers in November.

First-round readers evaluate all the entries and select those that proceed to second round. Second-round readers evaluate that smaller group of entries to select the longlist. This year a shortlist step has been added; readers will evaluate the longlist and select the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced in September, and will go to the juries who will select the finalists and winners.  

PICTURE BOOK LONGLIST
Sandra Appleby - Never Judge a Wolf by His Brother      

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
Graeme Corrigan - Tacomeleon: Doctor Jalapeno          

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
Dawn Clee - A Friend in Time    

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
Jolie Carey - EarWii6

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  


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