Saturday, March 18, 2023

Two big contests: CANSCAIP's Writing for Children Competition and My Jewish Identity Contest for high school students

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#MyJewishIdentity Contest 2023

Open to high school students in Canada. All submissions will be made public. 

Tell us why Israel is a vital part of your Jewish Identity for a chance to win $1800!

Video/Short Film: Video should be 25 minutes in length.

Podcast: Podcast should be a minimum of 2 minutes in length. This can be submitted as an audio or visual file, or with a link (if it is published on a platform).

Op-ed: Op-ed can be published on any online blog or news forum and submitted as a link OR submitted as a PDF (without being published elsewhere).

Song: Song should be a minimum of 2 minutes in length. Lyrics should be original. Can be submitted as audio or video.

Visual Art Piece: Please submit as an image or video.

Poem: Please submit your poem in PDF format.

Short story: Story should be a minimum of 750 words. Please submit in PDF format.

Dance: Please submit a recording of your dance in a video file format.

TikTok/Reel: Submission must be between 13 minutes long and must be submitted as a video file. Caption must include #MyJewishIdentity and a link should be provided if it is posted.

Deadline May 4, 2023. Full details and Contest entries here


CANSCAIP’s 2023 Writing for Children Competition is open for entries!

Through its Writing for Children Competition for unpublished writers, CANSCAIP (Canadian Society for Children’s Authors Illustrators and Performers) aims to encourage and promote not-yet-published kid lit writers across Canada.  

Entries for the Competition are by reading age: Picture Book – Ages 2–8 or Pre-K to Grade 3;  Middle Grade (includes Chapter Books) – Ages 8–12 or Grades 3–7; and Young Adult – Age 12–18 or Grades 7 to 12.   

Previously submitted entries can be re-submitted. Maximum length of an entry is 1,500 words.  

Written feedback for every entry is a unique benefit of the Competition. Every entry gets a paragraph of written evaluation, and sometimes more.  All entries get evaluations from the first round of reading. Entries that proceed to second round also get evaluations from those readers. Entries proceeding to the shortlist get evaluations from each jury member. 

Former CANSCAIP finalist Jennifer Mook-Sang
now has three children's books

The Competition's volunteer readers and juries are published CANSCAIP Members. The readers and jurors evaluate entries in the categories of their books; e.g., picture book authors evaluate picture book entries.  The evaluation comments and suggestions can be very helpful for writers working on their craft. Many writers enter the Competition every year for feedback on the stories they're working on.     

Four writers receive $500 for the winning entry of a Middle Grade, and Young Adult manuscript and two $500 prizes for winning picture books; two finalists in each of these categories are also selected.

The entry registration fee for CANSCAIP members is $30 for 1 entry, $50 for 2 and $75 for 3. For the General Public: $40 one entry; $60 two entries; $90 three entries. For information on joining CANSCAIP as a Friend (i.e., as an unpublished author), see here.

Deadline May 31, 2023. Guidelines here.


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