Open to unpublished or self-published writers, with no traditionally published books for any age, and not currently under contract with a traditional publisher. Entries can be up to 1,500 words. Every entry gets a written evaluation by a traditionally published CANSCAIP Member volunteer. Entries advancing to the second round get another evaluation, and entries on the shortlist get evaluations by each jury member.


Submission Info

Prize Info

  • First Prize: $500 awarded to the winning Middle Grade and Young Adult entries, and to two winning Picture Book entries

  • Additional Information: CANSCAIP sends the finalist and winner entries to Annick Press, Kids Can Press and Scholastic Canada for their consideration.

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