Submission Information

The $752.81 X 2  Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented biannually to Canadian authors or illustrators of the work of juvenile literature that had the jury most: buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.  Starting in 2019 TWO (2!!) prizes will be awarded, one for a board or picture book, one for a book with lots more words than pictures.

Eligible works:

  • board books
  • picture books
  • chapter books
  • graphic novels
  • juvenile fiction and non-fiction (suitable for readers up to grade 7)
  • created by Canadian authors and/or illustrators permanently residing in Canada
  • published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2018
  • written in English

Ineligible works

  • 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 Oy Vey Funniest Children’s Book Award
6637 Emerson Street, Burnaby BC V5E 1W5

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

Submission deadline:


The second Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey Funniest Children’s Book Award will be presented at a special ceremony in Spring 2019.

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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