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The Writing for Children Competition for 2020 is now open for entries by unpublished writers.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 writers who enter the Competition is that all entries receive evaluation comments by published authors.
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.
Published CANSCAIP Members volunteer as readers for the Competition; the readers have been published in the age categories they evaluate. 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, and the publishers also provide evaluations for these entries. The publishers' evaluations reflect the skills and book market perspectives of experienced editors. Over the 25 years the Writing for Children Competition has been held, some of the writers have had their stories published -- however, being a winner or finalist isn't a direct path to publication.
NOTE: Writers are eligible if their published work has been stories, articles or poems in anthologies, textbooks, magazines, journals, etc.
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DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
NOTE: The volume of registrations on the final day of the Writing for Children Competition can slow down payment processing, and confirmation might take several hours. If this happens to you, email us your entry before you get the payment confirmation, and we'll notify you if there was a problem with your payment.
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.