CANSCAIP's 2020 Writing for Children Competition is open
Deadline MAY 31, 2020
The Writing for Children Competition for 2020 is now open, and CANSCAIP welcomes entries by unpublished writers. The Competition launched in 1996 with the goal to encourage and promote new writers across Canada. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2020.
Four writers will receive $500 for the 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.
Published CANSCAIP Members volunteer as readers for the Competition; the readers have been published in the age categories they evaluate. The first-round readers evaluate all the entries, and select which entries proceed to the second round. The second-round readers evaluate those entries, and select which entries will be on the longlist. The juries evaluate the entries on the longlist, and decide which entries are finalists and winners.
All entries receive evaluation comments from the first-round readers. Entries that proceed to second round will get these additional evaluation comments. Entries that proceed to the longlist will get evaluations from each member of the jury. 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.
NOTE: Writers are eligible to enter if their published work is limited to stories, articles or poems published in anthologies, textbooks, magazines, journals, etc.
NOTE: You can re-submit previous entries for the Writing for Children Competition. You can submit entries sent to other writing contests. You can submit stories that have been sent to publishers, as long as there hasn't been an agreement or contract to publish.
REGISTER AND PAY ENTRY FEE FIRST
SELECT A READING AGE CATEGORY
HOW TO SET UP YOUR ENTRY
HOW TO SEND YOUR ENTRY
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
TIMELINE FOR 2020 WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION
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 Writers' Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996, and in 2014 CANSCAIP took on this initiative. 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 for our community of Canadian authors and illustrators of children's books, and children’s performers.