Registration is Open!
Writing for Children Competition 2021
Deadline for entries May 31
The goal of the Writing for Children Competition is to encourage and promote not-yet-published kid lit writers across Canada. The Competition was initiated in 1996 by The Writers' Union of Canada, and CANSCAIP took it on in 2014. About 600 entries are received each year.
A unique benefit of entering the Competition is that all entries receive written evaluations, which can be helpful and even inspiring for writers who are working on their craft. Many writers enter the Competition each year to get feedback on previously submitted and new stories. Previously submitted entries can be re-submitted.
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.
CANSCAIP sends the winners and finalists entries to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, and Scholastic Canada. Although some entries in the Competition have become published books, being a winner or finalist does not directly lead to publication.
EVALUATIONS, READERS & JURIES
HOW TO SET UP YOUR ENTRY
HOW TO SEND YOUR ENTRY
CANSCAIP is a small (but mighty!) organization, the readers and juries for the Competition are volunteers, and sufficient time is required to distribute and evaluate the 600+ entries received. Please note the months scheduled for each stage.
MARCH: Writing for Children Competition opens
MAY 31: Deadline for entries
JUNE: First-round readers evaluate all entries, and select those entries that proceed to second-round
JULY: Second-round readers evaluate that smaller group of entries, and select those that proceed to the longlist
AUGUST: Announcement of longlist sent to all the writers
SEPTEMBER: Juries evaluate entries on the longlist, and select winners and finalists
OCTOBER: Announcement of winners and finalists sent to all the writers
NOVEMBER: Evaluations of entries sent to all the writers
DECEMBER: Finalists and winners entries sent to Annick Press, Kids Can Press, and Scholastic Canada