Win a Literary Artist Contest

The Dr. Charles Allard Win-a-Literary Artist contest is an annual competition for schools and public libraries throughout Alberta to be award a $300 discount towards a Taleblazers visit by any of our touring artists. Applications are accepted May 1st - June 15th.

In order to win, teachers and librarians must fill out a Win-An-Artist form describing the challenges they face in encouraging literacy and the promotion of Canadian Literature, and explain how the Taleblazers presenter of their choice will complement their reading program. A panel of judges selects the 10 winners. The Young Alberta Book Society, through the generosity of the Dr. Charles Allard Foundation, covers $300.00 towards the professional artist fees for a Taleblazers booking. (Transportation and accommodation costs are covered by YABS as part of the Taleblazers Festival.)

This program facilitates meaningful connections between Albertan students and Albertan literary artists. Exposure to a "real, live author" inspires students' interest in developing communication and creative thinking skills and encourages self-expression. Whether that expression is humorous, serious or speculative; through illustrations or words; as history, science, drama or fiction -- Taleblazers Festival presenters empower children and young adults to make sense of their world, to share their ideas, and to communicate.

2019 Dr. Charles Allard Win-a-Literary-Artist Contest Winners

Prairie River Junior High High Prairie Marty Chan
Didsbury Municipal Library Didsbury Marty Chan
Jenner School Jenner Karen Gummo
Holy Redeemer Catholic School Ardrossan Sigmund Brouwer
Okotoks Public Library Okotoks Fred Curatolo
Ecole Rocky Elementary Rocky Mtn House Simund Brouwer
Foundations for the Future Calgary Ginger Mullen
Beacon Hill Elementary Sylvan Lake Sigmund Brouwer
Lee Ridge School Edmonton Rob Feagan


Congratulations to all of the recipients!