Unpublished writers have no professionally published books for any age, and are not currently under contract with a publisher. However, if the publication of a writer’s work is limited to stories, articles or poems in collections, anthologies, textbooks, or magazines, they are eligible to enter the Competition.
Yes. Previously submitted manuscripts are welcome, especially if you’ve had the opportunity to consider and apply feedback you received.
MG books are generally written for 8-12 year olds and YA for 12 and up. See Book Categories for information to help you determine where your manuscript best fits.
A chapter book isn’t just a book with chapters but a distinct category of children’s book intended for young readers new to reading longer stories on their own. Chapter books will be evaluated as part of the middle grade category. See Book Categories for more information.
No. We cannot accept any illustrations. The text of your picture book entry must stand on its own. If there is something that would be happening in the illustrations that carry part of the story and isn’t reflected in the text, use illustrator notes to let the reader know what the image would show.
Every entry received will be read, evaluated and receive feedback from a CANSCAIP Member who is a published children’s book author or industry professional. The readers and juries are established children’s book authors published in the category they are assessing.
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No. Our readers and jury will only read 1500 words of each entry. If it is important that the ending be part of the assessment, we suggest that you provide a summary for a portion of the manuscript to keep it within the word count. Note this within the body of your text [using brackets] and also on your cover page.
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TIMELINE: WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION
The Competition's volunteer readers and juries evaluate more than 600 entries over several stages. The written evaluations for all entries are sent in November. In order to provide sufficient time, the Competition schedule is as follows:
MARCH: Writing for Children Competition opens
MAY 31: Deadline for entries
JUNE: First-round readers evaluate all the entries, and select those that proceed to the second-round
JULY: Second-round readers evaluate the advancing entries, and select those that advance to the longlist
AUGUST: Longlist announced and sent to the entrants; readers evaluate the longlist entries and select the shortlist
SEPTEMBER: Shortlist announced and sent to the entrants; juries select winners and finalists
OCTOBER: Winners and finalists announced and sent to the entrants
NOVEMBER: Written evaluations sent to the entrants
DECEMBER: Finalists and winning entries sent to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, and Scholastic Canada