Rainbow Caterpillar Bookstore launches award for writing for children in mother languages
Competition open to short stories for young children aims to support the preservation in Canada of mother languages
Toronto, Ontario, September 6th 2010 – Rainbow Caterpillar is proud to launch the Rainbow Caterpillar Award for Writing for Children to support writers who want to write in their mother languages. The Award will be awarded to the best story written by a Canadian citizen or resident in a language other than French or English.
"By encouraging writers to write in their mother language, our goal is to help create a vibrant literary production for children in foreign languages, but with a uniquely Canadian perspective," says Happie Testa, co-owner of Rainbow Caterpillar Bookstore.
Submissions are due on October 6th and the guidelines will be available online at www.rainbowcaterpillar.ca. The best story will be recognized with the Rainbow Caterpillar Award. There will also be special mentions for the best story in each language submitted at the discretion of the judging panel. All the stories that are recognized will be published in a book.
"We hope ultimately this award also helps parents pass their mother language on to their children born or raised in Canada," says Hanoosh Abbasi, co-owner of Rainbow Caterpillar. "We feel that it is important for parents to have access to good books from their countries of origin, but also to put their ancestral culture in the context of our shared Canadian culture where many people speak more than one language on a daily basis."
The Award will be presented in conjunction with the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) at the Association's own 33rd Annual Awards Gala. CEMA is an organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the value to Canada of the ethnic media in creating an understanding of Canada and Canadian citizenship, and the retention of cultural links with countries of origin; http://canadianethnicmedia.com
About Rainbow Caterpillar Bookstore
Rainbow Caterpillar Bookstore sells children's books in a number of languages from around the world to meet the needs of Canadian parents who want to teach their children their own mother tongues and raise them in a home language other than English and French.
It is to support them that Rainbow Caterpillar already offers nearly 100 titles in Italian, Spanish, Gujarati, Farsi, Arabic and Chinese and more languages are added on request of parents. The products range from old-fashioned fairy tale books to interactive talking books, books with CDs, DVDs and even games that make it fun and easy to keep home languages alive without focusing on direct teaching, but on learning by living.
For more information:
Happie Testa – 647-975-8800
Rainbow Caterpillar Competition - 2011
Writing for Children in Mother Language
Purpose of the Competition
To support the preservation of foreign mother languages in Canada.
To promote cross-cultural communication and understanding among the different cultures that make-up Canadian society.
To encourage a vibrant literary production for young children in foreign mother languages.
• The competition is open to prose (short stories)
• Submissions must be suitable for children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.
• Submissions must be previously unpublished in any format and not under consideration by any publication or publisher.
• Submissions must be original and not a translation of a previously published work.
• Maximum length: 500 words.
• Multiple submissions are welcome.
• Submissions must be in a language other than French and English and must be accompanied by an English summary.
• Submissions can be a translation by the author of the author's own unpublished original work in English or French language.
All writers, established and emerging.
Canadian citizens or residents.
$15.00 per entry paid by cheque or money order to Rainbow Caterpillar.
The fee is non-refundable. Submissions for which a cheque is not received by the deadline will not be considered.
Please mail cheque to:
1245 Dupont St. PO Box 99028 Toronto Ont. M6H 2A0
October 6, 2011 (postmark on envelope or e-mail date)
Announcement of Results
Winners will be contacted individually in November, and their names will subsequently be announced officially.
Award ceremony will take place in Toronto in November.
• Award: $750.00 (CDN) and publication in a collection of all winning submissions.
•Up to 10 Honourable mentions in different languages: publication in a collection of all winning submissions.
How to Submit
Each submission must be accompanied by a cover letter and entry fee.
Submissions must be typed (not hand-written), double-spaced, and each page must be numbered and indicate language and title.
Each submission must have a cover page with submission's title, language and total number of pages and words of submission as well as the author's full name, address, phone number, e-mail address and status in Canada
Sumbissions must be accompanied by a summary in English.
Accompanying illustrations are welcome and will be taken into consideration.
Writers are welcome to submit a brief biography.
Submissions are accepted by by mail or by e-mail in MS Word or PDF format at the following addresses:
1245 Dupont St. PO Box 99028 Toronto Ont. M6H 2A0
Manuscripts will not be returned.