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Submission Procedure and Selection Criteria

Publishers and/or authors are invited to send submissions of titles to be considered for each of the Forest of Reading programs year-round.

Downloads for Publishers:

Deadlines - 2021 Program Year

There are cut-off dates for books to be accepted in order for the Selection Committees to read the books. Please refer to the criteria for each program on publication dates, but please be aware that books for the following programs will be accepted for the 2021 program until these dates:

  • April 1, 2020: Blue Spruce™, Silver Birch Express Non-Fiction, Yellow Cedar
  • May 1, 2020: White Pine™, Le prix Mélèze (formerly Le prix Tamarac Express), Le prix Tamarac
  • June 1, 2020: Silver Birch® Express Fiction, Silver Birch Fiction, Red Maple™, Le prix Peuplier, Light Reads, Great Stories List (formerly Golden Oak)
  • November 1, 2020: Evergreen™

Submission Requirements

  1. All books submitted for the 2021 program must have been published as follows: 
    • School-aged must have been published in 2019 or 2020. 
    • Evergreen must have been published between October 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.
  2. The books considered by a selection committee must be written by a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. They must be commercially available in Canada. In the case of anthologies, the editor should be a Canadian citizen or resident and the inclusions should be primarily by Canadian writers.
  3. Publishers/Authors should not resend books that have been submitted for the 2020 program. If they were sent for the 2020 program and were not selected, and are still eligible, they can be been pulled for consideration for 2021.
  4. Previously published books outside of the dates above are not accepted unless they have been 80% rewritten (previous winners of any Forest of Reading Award are not permitted) and fall within the above publication dates.
  5. English translations of books originally written in other languages will be accepted. French translations of books originally written in other languages will NOT be accepted.
  6. Series books - Only books that can stand-alone without having read the previous books will be considered. 
  7. All books must have a print run of at least 450 copies.
  8. At the time of nomination, all nominated titles must be available in .epub (non-picture books) or unlocked .pdf (picture books only), so that readers who have a print disability are able to participate in the program. Epub3 is strongly preferred and will soon be mandatory.  This is supplied to the Alternate Education Resources Ontario (AERO) as they are the web-based digital repository operated by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development.  The mandate of AERO is to provide alternate format text to students with perceptual disabilities who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario.
  9. Digital Access: Titles that are commercially available in digital formats in Canada must be available for public and school library purchase without restrictions at the time of the nomination.  Specifically, titles cannot be included on the nominated list if there are:
  • Restrictions on quantity for purchase;
  • Any embargoed time frames;
  • Or they are commercially available, but not to libraries.

INELIGIBLE BOOKS

  • Self-published books
  • Print on demand books
  • Wordless picture books
  • Author-subsidized titles (books for which the author, illustrates, or translator contributed financially towards the publication costs)
  • Anniversary Editions - The Forest of Reading programs selects books of current/contemporary authors/illustrators. The whole essence of the Forest of Reading is for readers to have access to authors and their future works, and hopefully have the ability to meet them in person at one of the ceremonies, celebrations or Festivals.
  • Titles that are available in Canada in a digital commercial format at the time of nomination and are not available in digital format to Canadian libraries.
  • Titles that at the time of nomination are not available in .epub or unlocked .pdf for use by AERO for student with perceptual disabilities.

Book Selection Criteria

The following criteria are presented in order of importance:
  1. Literary quality in the case of fiction including but not limited to:
    • structure, richness of language, craft of the writer, pace, clarity.
  2. Quality of presentation for non-fiction, including but not limited to:
    • appeal and appropriateness of the presentation, clarity, layout, format.
  3. Audience appeal
    • appropriateness to the age group (school-aged, adult literacy etc.), a range of readability, inclusiveness and diversity, the themes and content.
  4. Accuracy and relevance
  5. Balance in the final list with respect to protagonists of different genders, subject appeal for different genders, cultural diversity, geographical settings, e.g., rural, urban, alternate realities etc., variety of genres.
  6. Curriculum connection is outside the purposes of the reading programs for the school-aged programs.

Where to Send The Books

Tinlids Inc., the very generous financial sponsor of the program, receives the books for OLA and works with the Selection Committees to ensure distribution to all reviewers in a timely manner.

We ask publishers and/or authors to send one copy of any title you wish to have considered to:
Tinlids Inc.
ATTN: FOREST OF READING SUBMISSIONS
130 Martin Ross Avenue
Toronto, ON, M3J 2L4
 
FEE FOR SUBMISSION/SELECTION: There is no cost in submitting your book for consideration. However, if your book is selected, Tinlids, as part of their obligations as official wholesaler, will request a fee for its inclusion. Tinlids will also request multiple copies for distribution to the committee members.

Publisher Contact Information

If you wish to be kept up to date on Forest information please send an e-mail to Maria Martella at Tinlids Inc. indicating the names and emails of:
  • The person responsible for choosing the books you wish to nominate
  • The person responsible for liaison with your authors
  • The person responsible for marketing and public relations