Celebrating 20 Years!
Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards (SYRCA) – The Willow Awards Inc.

September 15, 2001 – First Official Board Meeting 

2021 is a special time for SYRCA as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary of bringing quality Canadian children’s literature to the children and youth of our province. 

The Willow Awards Board has decided that the 20th anniversary deserves a special year of initiatives. Several resources and activities have been planned. 

Read more to see how you can participate in the celebration…

Willow 20th Anniversary Author Contest

To join in  our 20th anniversary celebrations, you can enter two contests running throughout the coming school year. The 20th Anniversary Willow Author Contest  is one of these exciting opportunities.  The Willow Awards has teamed up with a number of 2021 Shining, Diamond and Snow author finalists to provide you with the chance to win a virtual visit or reading with one of the featured authors. 

Each month a different finalist author is featured. Which one would your students love to meet and visit with?

Read for more details about the 20th Anniversary Willow Author Contest.

Willow 20th Anniversary All-Star Contest

The Willow Awards is celebrating 20 years of promoting Canadian literature to children and youth across the province! To help commemorate this special milestone, there will be two contests running throughout the coming school year. The Willow All-Star Contest is one of these exciting opportunities.

Sixty books have won the Willow Award since the Willow began! How many can you find in your library?

Read for more details about the Willow All-Star Contest…


The 2020 SaskEnergy Willow Awards Virtual Gala

Celebrating the 2020 Willow Award winners was an exciting time for the students and staff of Wilfred Hunt School in Regina. Due to COVID measures still in place in May, our usual gala format, which would normally be live-streamed throughout the province, was not possible. Author sessions and interviews were conducted virtually. You can view highlights from the author interviews and a presentation made on behalf of SaskEnergy, our long-time sponsor of the gala, in a video created by teacher-librarian Elann McChesney and students at Wilfred Hunt School. Thank you to the authors, staff and students who made it a memorable day for all! Click here to see the video…

The Willow Awards Needs Your Help!

We are immensely grateful for the support that our sponsors have given each year, both financially and from those individuals who promote reading The Willows in their communities!

Unfortunately, our corporate sponsorship has fallen dramatically over the last few years. We are in danger of not being able to provide the same level of programming that we have in the past.

Please consider making a donation to The Willows today! Talk to family, friends and business partners! Every amount helps!

Read more about how you can donate and help …

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