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Future Voices Showcase

Call for Participation

The Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award is seeking submissions for our 2022 Future Voices Showcase. This virtual presentation offers a platform for emerging Canadian BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) authors and illustrators to showcase their work in children’s literature.

Each year, Hackmatack produces shortlists in four categories (English and French, fiction and nonfiction) that highlight exceptional Canadian books for readers in grades four to six. Our goal is to present diverse shortlists that ensure that underrepresented or marginalized children can see themselves represented in literature. Moreover, we believe that all children benefit from learning about the diversity of the wider world, whether or not it is reflected in their own communities.

While we have pledged an equity approach in our selection process and are encouraging publishers to submit more diverse books for our awards, we acknowledge that we can play a more active role in supporting BIPOC authors and illustrators by bringing their work to the attention of our audiences.

“By taking a collective opportunities approach – being intentional in our invitation and reaching out through our networks – I anticipate an awesome response from BIPOC authors and illustrators,” says Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, and Hackmatack Board member. “I am excited by our showcase opportunities.”

We are now accepting submissions to our 2022 Future Voices Showcase, which will be presented virtually during our annual Festival of Reading (May 26 to June 3).

We are seeking participants who:

  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Colour
  • Live in Canada
  • Write or illustrate for children’s literature
  • Are unpublished, about to be published, or currently self-publishing

Selected participants will be asked to send in a short video of themselves promoting their work. We can also arrange to record an interview through a video call.

Please contact Oriana Duinker at by May 1 to express interest in participating.

About Hackmatack             

Based in Atlantic Canada, Hackmatack is a literacy program for children in grades four to six. Each year, reading clubs across the region read and discuss our shortlisted titles, and vote for their favourite books. Our annual author tour brings authors to classrooms and libraries (either in-person or virtually) to meet with readers, where they bring their creative process to life. The Hackmatack program culminates in an awards ceremony each spring, where winning authors are announced, and all nominees are celebrated. Our second annual Festival of Reading will offer public programs to an expanded audience of teachers, librarians, parents, and aspiring writers, with presentations that celebrate and promote Canadian creators of children’s literature.