Hello Willow readers! The Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards is excited to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary promoting Canadian literature to the children and youth of our province. To help commemorate this special milestone, there will be 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.
The 20th Anniversary Willow Author Contest opens on October 1, 2021 and runs to March 31, 2022. Each month a new author will be featured for a chance to win a visit or a reading. The Contest opens at the start of each month and closes at the end of each month for getting entries in for the author of the month. Please see the schedule below for featured authors and the month to enter. Winners will be notified in the first week of the next month via email. To enter, fill in the contest form with the required information.
Featured Willow Authors
Shining Award finalist Fast Friends by Heather M. O’Connor – zoom visit won by Jack Mackenzie School, Regina
Diamond Award finalist No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen – zoom visit won by James Hamblin School, Qu’Appelle
Snow Award finalist Heart Sister by Mike Stewart – zoom visit won by Chief Little Pine School, Paynton
Shining Award finalist The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers – zoom reading, won by Spruce Home Public School, Prince Albert
Diamond Award finalist The Jigsaw Puzzle King by Gina McMurchy-Barber – zoom visit, won by Davidson School, Davidson
Snow Award finalist Spin by Colleen Nelson – zoom visit, won by Ecole Community School, Regina
Read more for complete contest rules…
20th Anniversary Willow Author Contest
The 20th Anniversary Willow Author Contest (the “Contest”) is open to individual legal residents of the province of Saskatchewan who, at the time of entry, are 18 years of age or older who are entering on behalf of youth readers in their school or library community. Officers of SYRCA as well as such officers’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to win this Contest.
There is a limit of one entry per person per month. More than one teacher is welcome to enter from individual schools. Entries received from anyone in excess of the stated limitation will be void. No purchase required to enter.
The Contest is sponsored by the Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Awards – The Willow Awards Inc. (the “Sponsor”).
Agreement to Official Rules:
Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules and the decision of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent on being compliant with these official rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
The full Contest opens October 1, 2021 at 12:00pm (CST) and runs until March 31, 2022 at 12:00am (CST) (The “Contest Period”). The Contest opens at the start of each month and closes at the end of each month for submitting entries for the specific author of the month. All entries received after 12:00 am (CST) at the end of each month will be void.
How to Enter:
Enter by filling in the contest form with all contact information included.
Winners will be chosen by random draw. Winners will be notified in the first week of each month by email. The Sponsor reserves the right to publish the winner’s first and last name and, where applicable, the name of the school or library.
No prize substitutes, assignments or transfers. No cash equivalent. The odds of being selected will depend on the number of submissions received.
Win a 20-30 minute Zoom visit or reading with the featured author of the month. Approximate retail value of $250.
No guarantee of Zoom visit if scheduling prevents it. Authors will make reasonable efforts to find a mutually agreed upon time for the winning school or library and his/herself for the Zoom visit. No guarantee is made that a mutually agreed upon time will be chosen, and the author will not be able to make a Zoom visit if a mutually agreed upon time is not chosen.
The Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Awards and the authors reserve the right to change these rules at any time without notice.
Thank you to Heather M. O’Connor, The Fan Brothers, Tziporah Cohen, Gina McMurchy-Barber, Mike Stewart and Colleen Nelson for generously donating their time and talents to help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Willow Awards!