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Writing for Children Competition

Writing for Children Competition 2022 

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2022 

CANSCAIP’s annual Writing for Children Competition is open for submissions from unpublished or self-published writers until May 31, 2022.

The writers of the four winning entries will each receive $500.  There are two winners in the Picture Book category, and one winner each for Middle Grade and Young Adult. Two finalists in each category will also be selected. The entries of the winners and finalists will be sent to Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada for their consideration.

A unique benefit of entering the  Competition is that all entries receive written evaluations by published CANSCAIP Members.  More than 40 Members volunteer as readers and jurors, and they evaluate entries in the categories of their published books. 

Every entry gets a written evaluation from a first round reader.  Entries proceeding to the second round get another written evaluation by a different reader.  After the second-round readers have selected the entries for the longlist, a different group of readers selects entries  for the shortlist.  Entries on the shortlist proceed to the jury, and get written evaluations from three jury members. The evaluations are about a paragraph long and will be emailed to the writers in November. 

The goal of the Writing for Children Competition is to encourage and promote not-yet-published kid lit writers across Canada. Initiated in 1996 by The Writers' Union of Canada, CANSCAIP took over the Competition in 2014.  More than 650 entries are received each year.

Entry Fees

For CANSCAIP Friends, registration fees are $30 one entry, $50 two entries, $75 three entries. 

For non-members, registration fees are $40 one entry, $60 two entries, $90 three entries. 

Want to become a Friend to get the lower fee? Join first before you register.

How to Submit Your Entry

After registration is completed, you’ll get a confirmation email with information on submitting your entry. 

NEW for 2022: To submit an entry, you'll complete an online entry submission form and then upload the entry. 

TIMING: You don't have to submit your entry on the day you register. After you've registered, you can submit whenever you want, right up to the May 31st deadline.

For details, see Submission Guidelines.

Entry Deadline & Timeline

Entries must be submitted by midnight May 31.

The longlist will be announced in August.

The shortlist will be announced in September.

Winners and finalists will be announced in October.

Evaluations will be emailed in November.

For details, see Submission Guidelines.

Eligible Writers

Canadian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18.

Unpublished writers with no traditionally published books for any age, and not currently under contract with a publisher. Self-published authors are eligible.

Writers are eligible if prior publication is limited to stories, articles or poems in collections, anthologies, textbooks, magazines, etc.

For details, see Submission Guidelines.

Book Categories for Entries

Picture Book (PB)

Middle Grade (MG)

Young Adult (YA)

Fiction or non-fiction entries are eligible in all categories.

For details, see Book Categories.

Eligible Entries

Up to 1,500 words in English, fiction or non-fiction

Text only with no illustrations

Word or PDF document in 11-point or 12-point font, double spaced

Picture Book: submit complete text up to 1,500 words

Middle Grade or Young Adult: submit first chapter plus additional chapters/excerpts up to 1,500 words

Previously submitted entries can be resubmitted

For details, see Submission Guidelines.

CANSCAIP office is located within the Centre for Social Innovation, Annex.
720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Email: office@canscaip.org
Phone: 1-416-515-1559

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