Q: Can I scan and e-mail my author’s release in?
A: Yes, as long as one of your parents has signed it or if you are eighteen years and over, that you have signed it.
Q: Why is there no deadline for the author’s release?
A: We give enough time to return the author’s release form and send orders in, it’s a lengthy process to complete the final publication; however, the sooner we receive the author’s release, the quicker we can send the proof sheet.
Q: Do I lose my rights to my work when published?
A: No. You retain all rights to your work. We only ask for permission to publish your work and copyright the anthology as a collection of poems/work.
Q: Who makes the selections?
A: Our judges are our own editorial staff. They range from published poets, authors, and retired educators.
Q: May I submit previously published work?
A: Only if you still have rights to your work and “we” have not published it prior.
Q: Do I have to buy a book to be published?
A: Absolutely not. Our annual poetry- and creative writing contests have been free to enter since 1993, and you are not obligated to purchase anything. The only requirement to have your poem published is to return your author’s release form. Without this form, we do not have permission to go ahead with your entry. We solely survive on the sale of our anthologies; as this keeps us going from year to year. Without the support of parents and schools we would not be about to continue with this wonderful venue for young writers.
Q: What makes your contests different from others?
A: We are one of the longest running writing contests in Canada. We assess each piece of work submitted to our contests, and those accepted are published in a quality soft cover anthology (providing we receive their author’s release form). We not only award the top first and second prizewinners but we also give numerous certificates “Award of Excellence” for writers who have really tried and put a lot of effort into their work. We believe encouraging youth to write will benefit them long-term in their future endeavours. Many young writers have been with us for years and continue to enter our competitions.
Being more than just a contest, our young writers experience each step of the publishing process from initial acceptance, the return of time-sensitive documents, the receipt of their proof sheet before publication, reviewing it for accuracy and then remitting it.
Q: Are all entries accepted?
A: No. We turn away up to 40% of entries received for each contest. The rate varies from school to school and from class to class. Most of our young writers aged 6-8 are accepted to encourage them to keep writing and not deter them at such a young age; they may be turned away if they have not tried or the work is silly and doesn’t make sense. Work that is not legible is returned, and entries that exceed our line limit or word count will also be returned.
In some cases the teacher may have had a class project and based poems on “Remembrance Day” or another theme. In these instances the percentage of not accepted entries may be much lower. The teacher will be notified directly.
Writers of all ages should be very proud of their accomplishment and effort they have put in to enter our contests.
Q: Do we get a free copy of the anthology?
A: Our top final winners (1st/2nd) of each young writers contest receive a copy of the anthology, once published. If we provided a free copy for every poet/writer, we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for students to see their work in print, and compare it with others of the same age.
Q: Do we get paid royalties?
A: We do not pay royalties because of our limited print run for each contest.
Q: Are you part of a larger corporation or business?
A: No. We are a stand-alone small business operating out of Victoria, BC, and have been on Vancouver Island for twenty-one years. We are also an A+ Accredited Business with the BBB of Vancouver Island, since 1995.
Q: Will the anthology be in bookstores?
A: Once the books are published, copies are sent to the National Library in Ottawa. When they have registered the ISBN and information from the anthologies, bookstores/libraries may then order using the ISBN number, while stocks last. (This usually takes up to two months after the release of the anthology.)
Q: I want to enter on my own without the school, may I?
A: Yes, of course. All children/youth between the ages of 7-18 may enter. Just disregard the school information. (We have been receiving entries from under age 7 as well.)
Q: Do you publish individual books from one author/poet?
A: In the near future, we may be implementing these services. If you wish to be contacted in regards to self-publishing an individual book of poetry/novel, please e-mail us and we will be more than happy to put you on the list to receive information, when available.
We hope these have answered the most commonly asked questions and look forward to publishing your work in the future!
If you would like to be notified of upcoming contests, please send us an e-mail and we will be happy to send you information.
“It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts …
it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.”