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Writing for Children Competition 2020

  • Friday, March 13, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • 11:59 PM
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CANSCAIP's 2020 Writing for Children Competition is open

Deadline MAY 31, 2020

The Writing for Children Competition for 2020 is now open for entries by unpublished writers.  The Competition launched in 1996  with the goal to encourage and promote new writers.  A unique benefit for the writers who enter the Competition is that all the entries will rreceive evaluation comments.  Entry length is  a maximum of 1,500 words . The entry deadline  is May 31, 2020.  

The registration fee for the Writing for Children Competition is $30 for one entry, $50 for two entries, $75 for three entries.  

Four writers will receive $500 for their winning entry of a Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, or Young Adult; two finalists for each of these categories will also be selected. 

The registration fee for the Writing for Children Competition is $30 for one entry, $50 for two entries, $75 for three entries.  

CANSCAIP's published Members volunteer as the readers for the Competition. The readers are assigned based on the age categories of their published books. A group of first-round readers evaluate all the entries, and selects which entries will proceed to the second round. A different group of second-round readers evaluates those entries, and decides which ones will proceed to the longlist. The jury members evaluate entries on the longlist, and decide which will be the finalists and winners.  All the readers evaluate each entry on their own, and they don't receive the evaluations of the other readers.

All entries receive evaluation comments from the first-round readers.  Entries that proceed to second round will also receive evaluations from the second-round readers. Entries that proceed to the longlist will receive evaluations from each  jury member.  Evaluations are generally a few sentences or a short paragraph.

CANSCAIP sends the winners and finalists to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, and Scholastic Canada for their consideration, and these entries get written evaluations from the publishers.  Over the years, some of the Writing for Children Competition winners and finalists have had their work published. 

ELIGIBLE WRITERS

  • Unpublished writers: no books published in any genre or for any age, and not under contract for a future book 
  • Self-published authors with sales below 200 copies 
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18

NOTE: Writers are eligible if their published work has been stories, articles or poems in anthologies, textbooks, magazines, journals, etc. 


ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

  • Maximum 1,500 words in English
  • Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult:  first chapter plus other chapters/excerpts; submit up to 1,500 words
  • Picture Book: full text will usually be less than 1,500 words; submit complete story
  • You can re-submit entries that you've previously submitted to the Writing for Children Competition
  • Text only; no illustrations (this applies to all categories, including Picture Book)  
  • 11-point or 12-point font, double-spaced 
  • Each entry is Word or PDF document that is attached to email sent to office@canscaip.org; (Please don't send a link to your entry on a file sharing site--each entry must be a Word or PDF document) 

REGISTER 

Register online and pay the entry fee before emailing your entry. 
  • Online payment is by Visa or MasterCard. PayPal processes CANSCAIP's online payments, but you don't need to have your own PayPal account.
  • When your payment has been processed, you'll receive an email confirmation. 
  • After the entry fee has been paid, you can send your entry whenever you like, right up to the deadline. 

SELECT AN AGE CATEGORY

  • When you register an entry, you select one  reading age categories from these options:
  1. PICTURE BOOK (ages 2 to 8):  Usually a few words or sentences on each page, shorter than 1,500 words in total; for children not yet reading on their own.  
  2. CHAPTER BOOK (ages 7 to 10):  Short chapters; for readers ready to read on their own. 
  3. MIDDLE GRADE (ages 9 to 12):  Longer chapters; for readers ready for complex stories. 
  4. YOUNG ADULT (ages 13 and up):  Can be as long as adult novels; for readers  ready for mature concepts. 

    HOW TO SET UP YOUR ENTRY

    • The file name of your Word or PDF entry has this info in this order:  Age Category - Your Name - Title of Entry (e.g., Picture Book - Mary Smith -  The Little Duck 
    • In the body of the email, provide this info in this order
    1. Contact: your name, e-mail, phone, mailing address
    2. Short summary of the full story: characters, plot points, ending.
    3. Where your entry fits in your story (e.g., "My entry is the first chapter, the fifth chapter, and an excerpt from the last chapter.") 
    4. Short summary of your writing experience.


    HOW TO SEND YOUR ENTRY

    • Attach your Word or PDF entry to an email addressed to office@canscaip.org
    • Your EMAIL SUBJECT LINE has this info in this order:  Age Category - Your Name - Title of Entry (e.g.: Picture Book - Mary Smith - The Little Duck) 
    • For MULTIPLE ENTRIES, attach each entry to a separate email

    TIMELINE  

    • MAY: Deadline for entries is May 31 
    • JUNE: First-round readers evaluate all the entries, and select which entries will proceed to the second round
    • JULY: Second-round readers evaluate the smaller group of entries and determine which entries will be on the longlist
    • AUGUST: Announcement of the longlist sent to all entrants 
    • SEPTEMBER: Juries evaluate the longlist and select the winners and finalists
    • OCTOBER: Announcement of winners and finalists sent to all entrants   
    • NOVEMBER: Reader evaluations sent to all entrants 
    • DECEMBER: Finalists and winners sent to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, Scholastic Canada
    • MARCH 2021: Publisher evaluations sent to finalists and winners

    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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