Submission Information

The $1000 Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to a Canadian author or illustrator of the work of juvenile fiction that had the jury most: buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.

Eligible works:

  • board books
  • picture books
  • chapter books
  • graphic novels
  • juvenile fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
  • created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
  • published between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016
  • written in English

Ineligible works:

  • non-fiction
  • young adult fiction
  • self-published titles

How to submit:

Please send 3 copies of the work along with the submission form to:

The Joan Betty Stuchner OyVey Funniest Children’s Book Award
11731 Fourth Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3H5

Please include a $25 submission fee per title. Fees can be paid online here or via cheque (see details on submission form).

Submission deadline:

1 January 2017

The first Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented at a special ceremony in Spring 2017.

Please note: In the case of an illustrated book where illustrations comprise 50% or more of the content, the prize will be equally divided between the author and illustrator.

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