Writing Competition for Emerging Writers in Canada

Re-post from The Writers’ Union of Canada https://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition


The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is pleased to launch its 26th Annual Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers, which invites Canadian writers to submit a piece of fiction or nonfiction of up to 2,500 words.  A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the winner, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2019.
The Competition aims to discover, encourage, and promote new writers of short prose. “Over its twenty-six-year history, the Short Prose Competition has served as a springboard to a successful writing career,” notes Executive Director John Degen. “A number of winners and finalists have gone on to publish many books and join the Union’s ranks.”
The Union is proud to announce an esteemed group of jurors for the Competition:

  • Peter Dubé is the author, co-author, or editor of eleven books including the novels Hovering World and The City’s Gates, the short fiction collection At the Bottom of the Sky, the novella Subtle Bodies, which was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, and Conjure: a Book of Spells, a collection of prose poems that was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize. His most recent work is the short fiction collection Beginning with the Mirror.
  • Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, scholar, and researcher. She is a fifth-year doctoral candidate with Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta but resides in Victoria, BC. Her book Annie Muktuk and Other Stories received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award in 2018. Her debut collection of poetry titled Eskimo Pie is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.
  • Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books including textbooks, children’s books, six collections of poetry, a reference work on Jamaica (with her husband, Martin), and a collection of short fiction. Her novel Red Jacket was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award. A prolific anthologist, she has been a teacher, a trainer of teachers, an editor, and a publisher.

The Competition is open to Canadian citizens and residents who have had no more than one book published and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher for a second book. Authors not published in book format are also eligible. Members of TWUC are not eligible to enter. The entry fee is $29 per submission, and submissions are accepted online until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 15, 2019. The winner will be announced in late spring 2019. For complete rules and regulations, please go to www.writersunion.ca/short-prose-competition.
The Writers’ Union of Canada is the national organization representing professional book authors. Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers. For more information, please visit www.writersunion.ca.

For additional information:
Valerie Laws, Office Administrator
The Writers’ Union of Canada
416-703-8982 ext. 224



Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients

Release Date: November 15, 2018

Literary Classics


SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony,  gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

Top Honors Award recipients are listed below.  For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories  levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing


The Enchanted Page Book Award


Arlo Guthrie

Illustrated by Kathy Garren

Rising Son International, Ltd.

Arlo Guthrie, Top Honors Book Award, Monsters, Children’s Picture Book










Lumen Award for Literary Excellence and Gold Medal Winner Educational Books

The Dragon Grammar Book

Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson Ink









The Eloquent Quill Book Award

The Great & the Small

Andrea Torrey Balsara

Common Deer Press









Words on Wings Book Award

Mourning Dove

Claire Fullerton

Firefly Southern Fiction









List of all the 2018 Literary Classics Book Award recipients: http://www.clcawards.org/2018_Award_Winning_Books.html

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in  2019

in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.


Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE – Book Review

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE

by Barbara Ann Mojica

Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica

ISBN-13: 978-0-9989154-2-5

Age Range: 6 – 12 years




About The Book: Ever feel like you’re standing on thin ice? Here at the northern most point on Earth, no land lies below. Are there seasons? Who lives here? What does Santa look like and where does he live? Uncover the answers in this newest release of the award-winning children’s nonfiction book series.

What I Thought: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE is another delightful contribution to this award-winning educational series! Author Barbara Ann Mojica has created another hit as Little Miss History travels to the North Pole and reveals all kinds of amazing facts that even i didn’t know. Kids and adults alike will simply love the incredible color illustrations that are a part of this series. And the word glossary at the end of the book is an extra special feature.

The Little Miss History series is the perfect combination of writing and illustrations that create this wonderful educational series.

About the Author: Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. Read more about the author.



Website: http://littlemisshistory.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998915424/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?q=little+miss+history+travels+to+the+north+pole


Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.
The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019.
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.
List of 2018 Finalists:
Learn more about Diane Mae Robinson and her multi-award winning dragon books for children: https://dragonsbook.com/

Book Excellence Awards 2018 Winner – Interview With Diane Mae Robinson

Meet Diane

Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award-winning children’s fantasy author that has written over 6 books. She has emerged as an amazingly fresh voice in children’s literature, with reviewers labelling her work as enchanting, delightful and timeless. Through her writing, Diane’s mission is to inspire children to believe in the magic within themselves, realize their potential and accomplish great things. A multi-faceted talent, Diane is also an artist, editor and writing instructor.

Diane’s latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book, was named a Book Excellence Award Winner in 2018 in the Education & Academics category. The Dragon Grammar Book is an easy-to-follow grammar study guide that provides readers with a fun and engaging approach to learning grammar. With practical lessons, humorous examples and chapter quizzes, this book is the perfect education reference for kids, teens and young adults.

Book Excellence Awards - AM Madden and Joanne Schwehm Book Finding Mr. Wrong
Challenges as an Author
Tasked with the challenge of successfully launching her next book, Diane was looking for a way to set it apart from the rest.
“My biggest challenge in marketing was to gain exposure and stand out from the competition.”
Diane wanted to ensure her book was recognized among the right audiences so she could achieve her goal of making grammar easier to understand in a fun way.

To make her mark in the industry, Diane also knew it was important to increase her credibility as a writing instructor and editor.

To help differentiate herself, Diane turned to book awards. She selected the Book Excellence Awards program for its reputation in the literary world.
“The Book Excellence Awards Program is definitely the most reputable awards program out there.”
Becoming a Book Excellence Award Winner
When Diane received the news that she had won a Book Excellence Award, she was filled with enthusiasm.
“Yahoo! I was extremely excited.”
The Book Excellence Awards helped Diane gain the credibility and visibility she was looking for.
“As a winner in the 2018 Book Excellence Awards, I have gained exposure and recognition, which has resulted in more book sales and hype over social media…my book, as well as my author name, have gained a great reputation for excellence in writing.”
Book Excellence Awards - Diane Mae Robinson Fantasy Author
Diane’s Success

Diane’s success as an author is a testament to her ability to find the magic in everyday life, and bring that magic to life in her words.

Many of her books have become best-sellers, with The Dragon Grammar Book catapulting to #1 on Amazon in the Teens/Language Arts category.

The book has also received many five-star, glowing reviews stating:

“With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.”


Diane has also been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and blog interviews including the Authors Show, Blog Talk Radio, Women of Wisdom, Kids Lit Reviews, The Write Stuff and more.

Book Excellence Awards Authors in the City

A magnetic presenter, Diane has done numerous author presentations for schools, libraries and conferences.

To get in touch with Diane, you can visit her website and social media profiles. To purchase The Dragon Grammar book, visit Amazon.

Diane’s Advice

For authors looking to gain credibility and visibility, Diane highly recommends the Book Excellence Awards program:

“I highly recommend entering the Book Excellence Awards as winning an award with them will highly increase exposure for your book and writing career.”


Some Cool Contests To Enter!

Creative Writing Institute is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a Flash Fiction contest that runs through October 31. No entry fee and cash prizes. First prize, $100; 2nd prize $50; 3rd prize $25. See the guidelines at https://www.CreativeWritingInstitute.org.



The National Award for Arts Writing contest is hosting the Marfield Prize. Their deadline is October 15, 2018. There is no fee to enter and there is a $10,000 grand prize! To enter or learn more please visit their website at https://artsclubofwashington.org/awards/.



Winning Writers - best resources for poets and writersIf you love poetry and humor, this contest is for you. This marks the 18th Annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Open from August 15, 2018 thru April 1, 2019, there is no entry fee. A $1,000 grand prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded. The top twelve contestants will also be published online. To learn more or to enter please visit their website at:


American Poetry Review

The American Poetry Review is hosting the Honickman First Book Prize with a deadline of November 1, 2018. There is a $25 entry fee and specific rules for entry. Find out how to enter by visiting their website. Be sure to follow all directions!  https://americanpoetryreview.submittable.com/submit


The Dragon Newsletter Coloring Contest hosted by DragonsBook.Com. Three categories: ages 5 – 8; ages 9 – 12; ages 13- 18. Sign Up for the newsletter for the free coloring book and contest details:

https://dragonsbook.com/subscribe/ The contest runs Oct. 1, 18 – Jan.1, 2019. 1st place winners in each category will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.


The Dragon Grammar Book – LitPick Student Reviews and Book Trailer

LitPick Student Reviews made this funky book trailer for The Dragon Grammar Book. I’ve worked with LitPick Student Reviews a few times, and their services are great. I love that the books are actually reviewed by students. The students do a great job of writing an extensive review. Thank you, Jonny and Ampster.

Here’s the two reviews.

Review by Jonny, age 12, 5 stars.

The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson is a clearly written, informative book of grammar for anyone ages 12 and up. It begins with an explanation of the author’s purpose for this project and a list of important definitions that should help readers understand the grammar and punctuation rules that are well-organized into ten chapters.

To keep the book from feeling too much like a formal grammar book, each chapter begins with happy, light-hearted drawings of the characters from The Pen Pieyu Adventures series written by the same author. When they are compared with each other, the characters in the pictures seem to tell a fun story of their own about how grammar and punctuation might seem frightening at first but can be studied and learned. With an easy to understand book like this one, anyone can forget about it being a boring subject, and they can get excited about finally understanding how grammar and punctuation rules work.


The Dragon Grammar Book is a handy book to have around!

In this book, the rules are explained very well, and they have simple, sometimes silly, sample sentences about a kingdom with dragons in it. Most of the sentences show readers how to set up grammar and punctuation correctly, but in a few of the sections, sentences are labeled with (Wrong). This helps readers see common mistakes that anyone can make. The “Test Your Knowledge” sections and two tests also give readers opportunities to check how much they learned from the book. Much of each test comes from the sample sentences, so readers can review explanations in the chapters again if they can’t quite remember how to set up the sentences. The book ends with a few character sketches and positive feedback from others about the author’s Pen Pieyu series, so if readers enjoyed the theme in this book, they might decide to read those books too.

Grammar is usually hard to understand, but Ms. Robinson has made a difficult subject easy and interesting to learn. She explains why correct sentences are set up exactly the way they are, how some of the sentences are written incorrectly, and what to do to fix the mistake. When I first started studying grammar, I didn’t like it because many of the rules were complicated and didn’t make sense to me. This book has cleared up most of my confusion and has helped me see the purpose of learning to follow grammar and punctuation rules properly. I think reading this book will even help me be a better writer because it has helped me understand more about the parts of speech and how they work together with punctuation. Now I can set up my own sentences correctly more often and make sure they express the exact meaning that I want.


Review by Ampster, age 14, 5 stars.

Petra and Snarls are back for more in the Pen Pieyu Adventures. This time, they are tackling something fun and incredibly challenging: grammar. Join them and the rest of human and dragon kind in a quest to discover the secrets of words: their usage, spelling, and which punctuation goes with them. Written in second person, this book instructs you of the dos and don’ts of grammar and the English language. With exciting examples to engage readers, you won’t want to miss out of this enjoyable, easy-to-understand, educational book.


The Dragon Grammar Book was an easy-to-read informative book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Though this book was about grammar, which is not my favorite subject in school, the author, Diane Mae Robinson, did keep me engaged most of the time. It’s meant to be a reference book on grammar, not a story to be read in one sitting.

After reading the Pen Pieyu series, I fell in love with Petra and Snarls. Their unique personalities were portrayed perfectly and just as I remembered them. That was enough to keep me smiling throughout this entire book. It was an enjoyable book that kept me entertained.

The facts in this book were spot on, and I learned a lot about grammar, spelling, and punctuation rules. As an educational book to look up some quick English facts, this is perfect. And I must say that after studying this book, I’m absolutely positive I’ll ace my next grammar test. Any elementary or middle schooler who reads this will, too.


Read more reviews for The Dragon Grammar Book: https://dragonsbook.com/dragon-grammar-book/

Available on Amazon in every country, Barnes & Noble and on my author’s website.

Check out my dragon books for children at www.dragonsbook.com

The Dragon Grammar Book Wins 2018 Book Excellence Awards

July, 2018

St. Paul, Alberta author, Diane Mae Robinson, wins 2018 Book Excellence Awards in Education & Academics Category for The Dragon Grammar Book – Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom as the book rides the # 1 Amazon Bestselling status for several weeks.


2018 Book Excellence Awards press release here: https://www.pressrelease.com/news/announcing-the-2018-book-excellence-award-winners-127514
Visit Book Excellence Awards 2018 Winner Pages: https://www.bookexcellenceawards.com/2018-Winners-c29486334?offset=30

The Dragon Grammar Book has been a # 1 Amazon Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Language Arts eBooks for several weeks.

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Diane Mae Robinson has also won 10 international book awards and the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts) for her children’s fantasy/adventure series The Pen Pieyu Adventures.


Visit the author’s Amazon page to read reviews about all her award-winning books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B007DKO8SK/

Visit the author’s website for information about reviews, awards, and fun kid stuff: https://www.dragonsbook.com


Multi-Award Winning Children’s Series–Book Review

The Multi-Award Winning Pen Pieyu Adventure Series
April 23, 2018 | Wanda Luthman

Reposted from https://wandaluthman.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/the-multi-award-winning-pen-pieyu-adventure-series/

Recently, I met a multi-award winning children’s author, Diane M. Robinson (pictured here), and read all 3 of her books in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series! I loved each one. I invite you to read about them along with my reviews and if you want to purchase them, I’ve made it easy and linked the buy page straight to Amazon where it says “Amazon” underneath each book! Enjoy!


Book 1

Available on Amazon

Book #1 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series
“I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games are boring. The thing I want the most . . . “Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.”
Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armour before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove more valuable than weapons and armour?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.

My Review (5 stars)
Such a fun story! I actually read book three first but that took nothing away from enjoying this first book in the series. Sir Princess Petra is a kind-hearted soul who has big dreams for herself to be a royal knight against her parents wishes. She goes on her quest and makes friend of everyone she meets. Such a great story with a good lesson and plenty of humor thrown in!

Book 2

Available on Amazon
Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is a Multi-Award Winning Book
2014 – Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards
2015 -Children’s Literary Classics “Seal of Approval”
2015 – Purple Dragonfly Book Award
2015 Los Angeles Book Festival Book Award
2015 – Children’s Literary Classics Book Award
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!
But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in these zany adventures books for children, book series for girls age 9 – 12. These multi-award winning dragon books are sure to entertain. Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is book club recommended.

My Review (5 stars)
I very much enjoyed book two in this series. Sir Princess Petra doesn’t want to go to Princess School but she manages to find a work-around. She is strong and kind and a wonder role model for children. She keeps the King and Queen on their toes and she challenges their desire for her to be a proper Princess. The author knows how to entertain young readers with fun and interesting characters alongside a healthy dose of humor!

Book 3

Available on Amazon

Book #3 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series
“Ms. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature.” J.E. Rogers, Award-winning middle-grade fantasy author.
Sir Princess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen.The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all. Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.
Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is an Award Winning Book in this humorous fantasy books for kids series.
2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
2016 Book Excellence Award, 1st Place Chapter Books
2017 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2017 Children’s Literary Classics, Gold Medal

My Review (5 Stars)
What a fun story! I enjoyed the fun names of the characters and places. I love the dragon, Snarls! The author does a great job of weaving adventure with fun and an important lesson of doing what is right even when it could really cost you. I highly recommend this book! 5 Stars

Follow/Contact Diane at any of her social media links below.

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/DianeMaeRobinso

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Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DianeMaeRobinsonMultiAwardWinningAuthor


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English Grammar Free Kindle Book

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Finally! An easy-to-understand English grammar book with fun grammar lessons.

The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike. From multi-award winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom.

GET THE FREE KINDLE ENGLISH GRAMMAR BOOK HERE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED: https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Grammar-Book-Dragons-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B078G1VKP2/

Don’t have Kindle Unlimited? Watch for free days coming soon! Or buy the paperback (currently on sale) and get the Kindle edition free for a limited time: https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Grammar-Book-Dragons-Kingdom/dp/198871401X/

“While this book is visually one that young learners will enjoy, adults (and young adults) will find the information more useful that school textbooks.” –Grady Harp, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer

“The most creative grammar book ever. This book is not only extremely handy, it is well-written and entertaining.”–AE H., Author

“The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids gets five stars out of five for being useful, informative, and entertaining.” –David G., Author

“This book is well thought out and a great tool for learning.”–Jimmy R., Amazon Customer

See all the Amazon reviews for The Dragon Grammar Book



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