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CANSCAIP announces longlist for 2019 Writing for Children Competition

August 30, 2019: CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) is pleased to announce the longlist for the 22nd annual Writing for Children Competition.

More than 500 entries were received. All the entries were evaluated by first-round readers who selected which entries would proceed to second-round readers. The second-round readers selected the entries that will now proceed to the juries: the longlist. From the longlist of entries, the juries will select finalists and winners, to be announced in October.

CANSCAIP congratulates all the writers whose entries were selected for the longlist:

PICTURE BOOK

  • Jen Bailey - Keeping Track of my Backpack
  • Caroline Bennett - Carrie’s New Room
  • Shari Biro - Shine Bright
  • Jane Blondie - The Tail of Hickory Dickory
  • Jennifer Clarke - When the Aliens Come
  • Jerry Collins - Lester, the Leaf That Would Not Leave
  • Jillian Dobson - Blanket of Stars
  • Beth Elliott - Bringing Home Buster
  • Jamie Farquhar - Dad! Don't Shave Your Beard!
  • Hilde Festerling - Crow Ride
  • Brandy Ford - Remember Me
  • Natalia Grayfer - Where Was My Sister Born?
  • Tina Hahn - Too Small?
  • Russell Hirsch - Goldierockets
  • Elisabeth Hogeveen - A Magnificent Mother's Day Menu
  • Chang Hong - A Day with Dad
  • Raffaelina Ianieri - Rain AGAIN?
  • Robin Larin - Morris the Thesaurus
  • Michelle Martinez - Mongoose Wants a Job
  • Diana Murrell - Joshua’s First Library Book
  • Lizabeth Pirstl - Mommy's Patience
  • Erin Silver - The Shiva
  • Sue Todd - Freewheeling Annie + On the Street
  • Natalie Webber - Tippy Canoe

EARLY READER

  • Jen Bailey - Bud and the Raspberries
  • Carmela Bruno - The Littlest Gosling of Grenadier Pond
  • Terri Chu - J Squad: Aquarium Adventure
  • Joan Dombrady - The Four (Famous) Little Pigs
  • Chang Hong - Beaver and Mouse on a Quest
  • Renee Lehnen - Penelope's Magic Summer Muffins
  • Rowena Mascarenhas - Cora's Carpet
  • Marcia McDonald - Scrappy Pappy's Miracle Tonic for Common Childhood Complaints
  • Shari Mowat - Grandma Pig Big and Bold
  • Vera Patterson - Daniel's Worst Birthday Ever
  • Sheila Robinson - The Rock Giant
  • Kathy Rondeau - Fearless Friend
  • Suzanne Socken - The Whole World is a Story
  • D.M. Wagner - Silly Sela
  • Carmen Wittmeier - Our House is Shifty

CHAPTER BOOK

  • Joan Dombrady - Gingerhaven
  • VJ Hamilton - Missing Red Herring
  • Leesa Hanna - The BIG Adventures of Little O. A song for the salmon.
  • Donna Houghton - How Angus Found Christmas
  • Julie Kavanagh - Just What I Need
  • Carmen Wittmeier -  Berzerk

MIDDLE GRADE

  • Nancy Clark - Adam's Problem
  • Joan Dombrady - What Lies Beneath
  • Jennifer Irwin - Death by Instagram
  • Esta Lemon - The Loser Blog
  • Stacey Moffat - Prissy & Icky
  • Lily Quan - The One and Only Rosie Chen
  • Megan  Strachan - Being Brave
  • Bonnie  Tulloch - Living After Midnight
  • Rhonda Verbicky - Dancing Doll
  • C. L. Walinga - Early Days
  • Laura Watson - Queen Mab
  • Sally Wylie - Ari and the Intergalactic Dragon

YOUNG ADULT

  • Joan Dombrady - InterCHANGE
  • Victoria Jones - Caleb's Crossing
  • Aaron Rabinowitz - Junior Slump
  • Ann Severn (Benedek) - My Name Is Thea
  • Sarah Van Goethem - Keeper of the Corpse Flowers + The Forgotten Life of Ada Mae Baker
  • Karon Young - Daughters of Glaslyn

TIMELINE FOR 2019 WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION 

  • MAY 31: Deadline for submissions
  • JUNE: First-round readers evaluate all entries 
  • JULY: Second-round readers evaluate selected entries and choose longlist 
  • AUGUST: Announcement of longlist sent to entrants
  • SEPTEMBER: Juries evaluate the longlist and select winners and finalists
  • OCTOBER: Announcement of winners and finalists sent to entrants   
  • NOVEMBER: Reader evaluation feedback sent to entrants. 
  • DECEMBER: Finalists and winners entries sent to publishers.
  • FEBRUARY or MARCH 2020: Publishers evaluation feedback sent to finalists and winners.

Reader feedback for each entry is a unique element of CANSCAIP’s Writing for Children Competition. All the writers receive feedback by the readers who evaluated their entries.

The readers are published CANSCAIP Members: Lana Button, Charlene Chua, Kathy Clark, Lena Coakley, Kathryn Ellis, Loretta Garbutt, Theo Heras, Michelle Kadarusman, Miriam Korner, Carol MacKay, Maureen McGowan, Jennifer McGrath, Ishta Mercurio, Anita Mieuttunen, Jennifer Mook-Sang, Mahtab Narsimhan, Colleen Nelson, Deb Patz, Karen J. Rankin, Gillian Richardson, Raquel Rivera, Jocelyn Shipley, Rebecca Upjohn, Susan White, Diane Young.

The Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative as a partnership with TWUC. A goal of the Competition is to discover, encourage, and promote not-yet-published writers of children's literature across Canada.

CANSCAIP was founded in 1977. We’re a national membership-based, volunteer-run organization, offering opportunities for professional development with our community of Canadian authors and illustrators of children's books, and children’s performers.

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

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

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