Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Just finished a BIG project that has been weighing on me for far too long.
I have a whole pile of bloggable material just waiting to upload, and I'll get to some of it tomorrow.
For now, here's a note for all aspiring writers for young people out there -- straight from the Writers' Union of Canada:
12th Annual Writing for Children Competition
$1,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until April 24, 2008, for the 2008 WRITING FOR CHILDREN COMPETITION. The winning entry will be the best Canadian children’s story of 1,500 words in the English language, written by an unpublished author.

$1,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian children’s publishers.
We are proud to announce that Damien Fière, Jacqueline Guest, and Tim Wynne-Jones will serve as the jury.

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not been published in book format in any genre and who do not have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction.

Entries should be typed or computer-printed, double-spaced, and numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
Computer disks, CDs, e-mails, or faxes will not be accepted.
Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and number of pages of entry.
Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
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, $15 per submission.
Entries must be postmarked by APRIL 24, 2008 to be eligible.
Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at Manuscripts will not be returned.
A note on my new pup's name -- I've just recently been reminded that the albino villain (and just why was he an _albino_ villain, anyway?) in the daVinci Code was named Silas.
My dog, however, was named not for a cardboard bad guy or even for Silas Mariner, in fact, but for Silas Ermineskin, a character from WP Kinsella's wonderful stories. Kinsella is perhaps more renowned for his baseball stories (including Shoeless Joe, which emerged on celluloid as the wonderful Field of Dreams), but my favourites were always the ones set on the Ermineskin Reserve, including 'Dance Me Outside'. Kinsella has stopped writing these days, but his stories live on.

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