Winners and Finalists of CANSCAIP’s 2016 Writing for Children Competition



November 30, 2016: CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers), in partnership with The Writers’ Union of Canada, is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of the 19th annual Writing for Children Competition.  A cash prize of $1,000 will be presented to each of the two winners.

CANSCAIP will submit the winners and finalists to three Canadian children’s book publishers (Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada) for consideration; some past finalists and winners have had entries published.

Only unpublished writers are eligible to enter. CANSCAIP received close to 300 entries in 2016. A unique and very beneficial element of the Writing for Children Competition is that everyone who enters gets feedback by the Competition’s evaluation readers. The readers and juries evaluating Competition entries are all published authors and CANSCAIP Members.

All the Competition entries were initially evaluated by first-round readers, who selected which entries would proceed to the next step of second-round readers. When the second-round readers evaluated those entries, they selected which ones would proceed to the jury. The jury then selected the following entries as the winners and finalists:

WINNER Picture Book / Early Reader

  • Ann Marie Stasiuk – A Wintry Wait  (writer lives in Stratford, Ontario)

JURY COMMENTS: … spare and simple story depicts a universal event for many children – waiting for a late parent and how the child can cope with a positive resolution. 


WINNER Chapter Book/ Middle Grade/ Young Adult

  • Marci McAdam  Creep School (writer lives in Calgary, Alberta)

JURY COMMENTS: Kids will like the monster subs for stock human characters …  a beautifully realized world … fast and funny.  


FINALISTS Picture Book / Early Reader

  • MaryLou Driedger – Why Are They Naked? (writer lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Cynthia Ford – The Fiddle Man (writer lives in Vancouver, BC)
  • Catherine Jansen – Lavender (writer lives in Oakville, Ontario)
  • Kirsten Pendreigh – Hamish McFluff and the Baby Birds (writer lives in Vancouver, BC)

FINALISTS Chapter Book / Middle Grade / Young Adult

  • Corrine Clark – Charlotte’s Ghosts (writer lives in Mississauga, Ontario.)
  • Donna Hughes – Bright Shiny Things (writer lives in Toronto, Ontario)
  • Jennifer Irwin – The Truth About Love, Hockey and Ballroom Dancing (writer lives in Pointe Claire, Quebec)
  • Cheryl Stewart – Renegade Heart (writer lives in Kanata, Ontario)


The first-round and second-round readers were Beverley BrennaLena CoakleyCharis CotterTheo HerasSharon JenningsJessica Scott KerrinSheryl McFarlaneJanet McNaughtonSylvia McNicollJennifer Mook-Sang,Lorna Schultz NicholsonBev Katz Rosenbaum and Jocelyn Shipley. The members of the juries are Anne Laurel CarterMaggie de VriesKathy StinsonArthur Slade and Ted Staunton. CANSCAIP is grateful for the support and participation of these Members.

The Writing for Children Competition for 2017 will be announced in March.

The Writers’ Union of Canada initiated the Writing for Children Competition in 1996. The competition has grown in popularity since its inception, 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 is a national organization representing Canadian authors and illustrators of children’s books and children’s performers. For more information, please visit



For more information, please contact:
Helena Aalto, Administrative Director
416 515-1559
[email protected]



>> From The Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Gleed family are pleased to announce the jury for the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for the best first Canadian collection of short fiction in the English language, now celebrating its 20th year.

This year’s jury comprises authors Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates, and David Bergen.

A short list will be announced in early May 2017, with the winner and two finalists being named in June 2017, in conjunction with OnWords 2017 & The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Annual General Meeting. The winner receives $10,000 and each of the two finalists is awarded $500.

To be eligible, books must be first collections of short fiction written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and published in Canada in the English language in the 2016 calendar year. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. Eligible titles may be submitted by publishers according to submission guidelines available at


Caroline Adderson is the author of four novels (A History of ForgettingSitting PracticeThe Sky Is FallingEllen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad ImaginingsPleased To Meet You) as well as books for young readers. She is also the editor of and co-contributor to Vancouver Vanishes. Her work has received numerous prize nominations including The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Caroline was the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.

Judy Fong Bates is the author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection, China Dog and Other Stories, and the novel, Midnight at the Dragon Café, which was an American Library Association Notable Book and a winner of the Alex Award for crossover fiction. In 2007, it was chosen by Portland, Oregon for its Everybody Reads program, and in 2011 by Toronto for its One Book Community Read.  Her latest work, The Year of Finding Memory, a family memoir, was a Globe and Mail Best 100 Book.

David Bergen is the author of nine novels and a collection of short stories. A Year of Lesser was a New York Times Notable Book, The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and The Age of Hope was a finalist for Canada Reads. In 2005, Bergen won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His sixth novel, The Matter with Morris, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2010, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  His most recent novel, Stranger, was published in September.


The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks.  The Award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

The Award was first given in 1998 for books published in 1997.  The 2017 awards ceremony, for books published in 2016, will mark the 20th anniversary of the prize.


The Writers’ Union of Canada is our country’s national organization representing professional authors of books.  Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers.

They Left Us Everything Chosen as 2016 Forest of Reading® Evergreen Award™ Winner

Adult readers across Ontario vote for the best Canadian fiction/non-fiction

>>From the Ontario Library Association



TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – After months of reading the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction for adults, readers from over 100 Ontario libraries have chosen Plum Johnson’s They Left Us Everything as the 2016 Evergreen Award winner.


They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.


“I’m so thrilled to receive the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for my memoir, They Left Us Everything,” Johnson says. “Libraries have been my source of inspiration and encouragement since I was young.”


A committee of library professionals chooses the titles nominated for the Evergreen Award, which are announced every January. Votes are tallied for the award in late October.


Ontario readers participated in the Evergreen Award program through book clubs, their public libraries, and other community forums. The reading program is designed for adults and comprised of the best titles in Canadian fiction and non-fiction. It is one of eight programs that form the Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest recreational reading program of its kind.


“We’re excited to welcome Plum Johnson to the circle of Evergreen Award winners. They Left Us Everything struck a chord with the Evergreen Selection Committee, and we’re glad to see it resounded with Evergreen readers,” says Kathryn Lee, Chair, Evergreen Award Steering and Selection Committee. “The committee found They Left Us Everything to be a fascinating memoir that reminds us of the stories attached to our belongings.”


The Evergreen Award will be accepted at OLA’s annual Super Conference. Plum Johnson will also discuss her novel, her reaction to winning the Evergreen Award, and her upcoming works. This engaging session will also announce the 2017 Evergreen nominees.


About They Left Us Everything: After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum remembers her loving but difficult parents who could not have been more different: the British father, a handsome, disciplined patriarch who nonetheless could not control his opinionated, extroverted Southern-belle wife who loved tennis and gin gimlets. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950s and 60s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.

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About the Ontario Library Association: The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Reading® program. Follow us on Twitter @ONLibraryAssoc and like us on Facebook at Ontario Library Association.

The Magazine Grands Prix Announce Judging Co-Chairs and Guiding Principles for Judging

>> From Magazines Canada

Toronto (November 10, 2016) – The Magazine Grands Prix are proud to present author, commentator and critic Stanley Péan and award-winning writer Soraya Peerbaye as judging co-chairs for the new award and fellowship program that celebrates the diversity of the country’s magazine media.

“We are building a robust, transparent awards program that we can be proud of: right from the ground up,” said Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada’s President and CEO. “With Canada’s 150th being celebrated next year, we wanted to look forward and make a very intentional shift to include the full diversity of Canada’s creators and—just as important—our community of readers, right into our judging process.”

Magazines Canada announced the awards and fellowship program in September. They will feature 26 categories: 13 awards for individuals and creators, and 13 for magazines that honour creative and editorial vision and execution.

“Stanley Péan and I are honoured and immensely pleased to be co-chairing the adjudication process of the Magazine Grands Prix,” said Peerbaye. “The team at Magazines Canada has developed a far-seeing vision for the awards; energetic and generous, they are broadening the circle of inclusion, and invigorating the conversation on both popular and critical culture in the magazine sector.”

With input and advice from judging co-chairs Péan and Peerbaye, the Magazine Grands Prix judging process will reflect an ambitious set of guiding principles, released today on the official awards website,

The document, “Guiding Principles for Adjudicating and Celebrating Excellence in Canada’s Magazine Media,” reflects the following aspirations and targets:

To build and execute an awards program that showcases the sector’s full range and excellence: seamlessly bilingual in English and French, reflective of Canada’s diversity, and open to all;

To represent a diversity of artistic and cultural practices, perspectives and expertise on all juries, valuing the magazine sector’s creators and the public equally. Juries will be composed to reflect the diversity of Canada with regard to Indigenous peoples, race, regions, official languages, and gender;

To have Indigenous jurists on the majority of the panels. This is just the beginning. The goal is to have Indigenous jurists on every single panel;

To compose juries with care for plurality: no jury in which there is only one non-white jurist, and many in which there is a variety of diverse representatives. All jurists must feel able to speak freely and judge the submissions on their merits, without any obligation to represent minority or identity-based views;

To reveal our entire roster of jurists during the submissions period: underrepresented communities must see themselves reflected and welcomed in order to participate fully;

To aspire to do better than simply meeting the principles outlined and, in instances where we fall short of these goals, to recognize it and take action to improve.

As part of this commitment to transparency and continuous improvement, the Magazine Grands Prix also pledge to provide an avenue for feedback and input into their processes and decisions. They invite the public to engage and share ideas on how to improve the awards by writing to them at [email protected].

Submissions open: December 12, 2016
Submissions close: January 30, 2017
Awards fête: April 27, 2017, in conjunction with Magazine Canada’s annual MagNet conference, North America’s largest annual gathering of magazine professionals.

For more on the awards, visit

About Stanley Péan

Photo: Laurence Labat

Stanley Péan was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in Jonquière, Québèc. He is the author of more than twenty books for adults and adolescents and wears many other hats: radio host, TV personality, translator, scriptwriter, journalist and former editor-in-chief of Le Libraire, the bi-monthly publication of a network of independent bookstores in Québéc. From 2004 to 2010, Péan was chairman of the l’Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (UNEQ), the association that advocates for writers and promotes their work. His collection of stories, Autochtones de la nuit (2007), was the third book of the trilogy that included La nuit démasque (2000) and Le cabinet du Docteur K (2001); the earlier books were re-released as paperbacks along with the novels Le Tumulte de mon sang (1991) and Zombi Blues (1996). During the same period as the release of the Italian translation by publisher Tropea Editore, Péan marked his return to the novel with Bizango (2011).

About Soraya Peerbaye

Soraya Peerbaye’s most recent collection of poetry, Tell: Poems for a Girlhood (Pedlar Press, 2015), won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English and was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry prize. Her first collection, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (Goose Lane Editions, 2009) was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, and the chapbook anthology Translating Horses. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. For over a decade, Soraya worked in program and policy development and management, first as the Equity Coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts, then as a grants officer at the Toronto Arts Council, where she oversaw adjudications in performing arts and strategic initiatives. She remains active as a consultant, curator and collaborator in national initiatives that center on equity, decolonization and intersectionality in the arts.

About the Magazine Grands Prix

Starting in 2017, a bold new awards program will celebrate the best of Canada’s magazine media. From the most dog-eared pages to the best in multi-media content, the Canadian Magazine Awards will showcase the sector’s range and excellence.

Submissions are welcome from all Canadian magazines: large and small, niche, specialty and general interest, local, regional and national. The Magazine Grands Prix include 26 categories: 13 awards for individuals and creators, and 13 for magazines which honour creative and editorial vision and execution. The top two awards will recognize the editor of the year with the “Editor Grand Prix” and the magazine of the year with the “Magazine Grand Prix.” Award categories are open to submissions from any platform and extend to new media applications, including videography, motion graphics and multi-platform treatment. Eligible magazines must maintain at least two print editions each year.

The Magazine Grands Prix will also present a series of fellowships to Canadian journalists working on stories that explore in depth the issues that are most important to Canadians.

Magazine Mashup: Get Lost in Canadian Magazines

>>From Magazines Canada

Toronto (November 2, 2016) – What do you get when you cross a fashionista with fall foliage? Find out in the latest in a series of short videos from Magazines Canada’s national marketing campaign, Canadian Magazine Mashup.

“This campaign draws attention to homegrown stories; it speaks directly to the relationship between Canadian magazines and their audience,” says Barbara Bates, Executive Director of Circulation Marketing for Magazines Canada. “Each new campaign video and ads highlight the endless possibilities of imagination and engagement when you open a magazine.”

Illustrating the campaign message “When you dive into your favourite magazine, you might get lost,” two worlds collide in the new mashup video as readers at a magazine stand each lose themselves in the pages of different Canadian magazines with hilarious results. As part of an integrated marketing campaign launched in July, these absurd vignettes demonstrate how a great magazine will draw you in with riveting storytelling. With hundreds of Canadian magazines to choose from, there is a title to match anyone’s interest in stores now.

“The Canadian Magazine Mashup campaign cleverly transports the readers engaged in our stories and takes them to another place,” says Michael Fox, publisher of Garden Making magazine. “The idea of getting lost in a magazine is a real story for the ages,” agrees Matthew Holmes, Magazines Canada CEO. “This campaign is important because it showcases the diversity woven into the Canadian magazine landscape and the endless discoverability of a #MagazineMoment.”

Be sure to look out for the three Magazine Mashup videos as they are released throughout the year on social media at @MyCdnMags, at and as part of an integrated marketing campaign online and in print.


See two worlds collide:

And be sure to follow @MyCdnMags for daily updates!

Canadian Magazine Mashup is part of Magazines Canada’s 2016–17 Take 2 #MagazineMoment magazine-stand campaign. This project is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

About Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. Visit

For more information:

Brianne DiAngelo
Manager, Communications
Magazines Canada
[email protected]

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