Indigenous Writing & Illustration Contest by Second Story Press

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Indigenous Writing & Illustration Contest by Second Story Press

by morrisonkwe on August 23, 2017602 Views


Toronto, ON – Second Story Press has announced its second Indigenous Writing and Illustration Contest. After the success of its 2015 contest, the press is once again looking for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people. New to this year’s contest is a category for illustration, open to Canadian illustrators and artists.

The 2015 contest resulted in two winning books: The Mask That Sang, a middle-grade novel by Susan Currie, and Stolen Words, a picture book by Melanie Florence, as well as a publishing contract for Joanne Robertson’s picture book The Water Walker.

To be eligible, entrants must identify as an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) person; be 18 years of age or older; be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and be the sole creator and owner of the rights to the submitted work(s). We invite authors and artists to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, and perspectives by submitting their original, previously unpublished manuscripts for children or teens to Second Story Press. Illustrators and artists may submit their portfolios for consideration.

The contest is open from now until September 30, 2017. The winners of the contest will be chosen by a jury and announced later in the fall of 2017 and will each be offered publishing contracts from Second Story Press. The jurors for the competition will be particularly looking for stories with an urban setting. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.

Second Story Press is dedicated to publishing independent, feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers. The press is known for representing strong female characters, diversity, and children’s empowerment.

Full contest details are available on Second Story’s website:



Media inquiries can be directed to:

Emma Rodgers

Second Story Press would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Book Fund


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