Quantiphi Books for Young People Prize

        • Short stories or poems written (by adults) for children, middle grade or Young Adult 
        • Up to 4,500 words
        • First Prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize 1 year WFNB membership

        The 2024 judge: Lorna Schultz Nicholson

        Lorna Schultz Nicholson is an award-winning author and has published children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, YA fiction and hockey non-fiction. Her books have also been nominated for many different awards and are often on the CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens list. Lorna loves travelling and presents at libraries and schools all over North America to inspire children, teens and adults to love reading and writing as much as she does.  Lorna lives in Edmonton with her husband and dog she rescued from Mexico. 

        The 2022-23 judge: Kristin Butcher


        First place, Kelly Alcorn (Rollingdam, NB), Randy the Race Coon Second place, Leo LaFleur (Saint John, NB), The Black Branch Third place, Gail Collette (Miramichi, NB), The Climate Changes Terr

        Honourable Mention, Odette Barr (Petit Cap, NB), Arrivals and Departures

        The 2021-22 judge: Orysia Dawydiak


        First place, Betty Sleep, The Caterpillar That Roared

        Second place, Brandi Estey-Burtt, The Art of Repetition
        Third place: Odette Barr, Becoming Canadian

        Honourable Mention: Nola Hicks, Reach for the Rain

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        The opportunity to enter your work in a competition offered by a reputable group or body, is one that every writer should take advantage of. It offers all the participants a chance to have what they have written judged alongside others who may also be new writers, or trying a different area of writing for the first time.  I am delighted to have won the children’s fiction category for 2022 and pleased to add that my children’s novel “Magic in the African Bush” was published in October.

        Betty Sleep, First Place in the Quantiphi Books for Young People prize 2022, for The Caterpillar that Roared

        You don’t know until you try! Winning 3rd place in a new genre to me provided the motivation and confidence to continue writing in that particular genre—I now have a 51,000 word YA manuscript almost ready for querying. Go for it!

        Odette Barr, 3rd place winner, Accreon Prize 2022 (now the Quantiphi Books for Young People Prize) for Becoming Canadian.

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