Monday, March 8, 2010

The Writers' Union of Canada Writing For Children Competition

In my opinion, everyone trying to write picture books should enter this contest.  Usually, there are about ten finalists and the Writers' Union presents them all to a few children's book publishers as the best new children's writing in Canada.
Best of luck,
- Brian

Contest details:
First place: $1,500
In addition, the winner and all the finalists will be submitted to three publishers of children's books.
Deadline: Postmarked April 24
Entry Fee: $15 fee per entry.
Eligibility:  This contest is open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have not been published in book format, in any genre, and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. Entries must be written in the English language, not previously published, and within the word limit of 1,500. Please do not send illustrations or entries with only a few sentences per page.

How To Submit Entries:
Typed, double-spaced and numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled. Submissions on computer disk or faxes won’t be accepted.
Include a separate cover letter with full name, address, phone number, and number of pages of entry. Please type name of entrant and title of entry on each numbered page.
Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers' Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order.
Mail to: WFC Competition, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.
Results will be posted at
Contest web page:

Note: For information about annual writing contests in Canada, order The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. See here.
For information about Brian Henry's writing workhops and creative writing courses, see here.

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