Writers' Union Writing for Children award winner announced

The Writers' Union of Canada has announced that Ottawa writer M. Alicia Fraser has won the 12th annual Writing for Children Competition, for the best story under 1,500 words, with her piece “Tracks.” The winner receives a $1,500 cash prize, and the union will submit the winning story and the other 11 finalists' stories to three Canadian publishers of children's literature for their consideration.

This year, 17 union members read over 929 submissions to select a longlist of 97 stories. The shortlist was selected by another panel of 18 readers before the winner was chosen by a jury made up of writers Damien Fière, Jacqueline Guest, and Tim Wynne-Jones.