CLA Student Article Contest

If you're an MLIS student or recent grad, I encourage you to enter this contest.  (I can't tell you how much fame and fortune I've gained by being a runner-up last year!   That does remind me – I better spend my CLA gift certificate for free swag before it expires!)

Dear Students:

CLA is pleased to announce the 25th Student Article Contest.




The contest is open to all students
registered in, or recently graduated from, a Canadian library school, a
library technician program, an information science program, or faculty
of education library program.

Registered students may be full or part
time; graduates should have completed their studies within one year of
the competition's closing date of March 31, annually. Articles submitted must be written while the student is enrolled in a program of study, or within one year of graduation.

Each contestant must submit a faculty member's statement attesting to the fact that the article fulfills the above requirements.

Multiple-author papers are eligible, but in the event such a paper is selected, only one prize will be awarded.

Submissions may be in English or French.

First Prize:

$150 cash prize.

Free registration, accommodation and
transportation to the CLA/ACB National Conference (courtesy of Coutts
Information Services, Bowker and ProQuest).

The winning article will be published in Feliciter,
the magazine of the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne
des bibliothèques. (Winning articles in French would appear in both
official languages). (courtesy of Coutts Information Services <>, ProQuest <>, Bowker <>, and the Wosk Family Bursary).


First runner-up receives:
$75 choice of CLA/ACB publications.
$150 cash prize courtesy of the Wosk Family Bursary

Second runner-up receives:
$75 choice of CLA/ACB publications.
$100 cash prize courtesy of the Wosk Family Bursary

Content and Style

Articles should discuss, analyze or
evaluate, in a clear and readable style, timely issues in librarianship
or information science. Conclusions and premises should follow
logically, and statements should be supported. Essays or term papers
should be reworked into an article suitable for publication. The style
should be informal but informative. References, if required, should be
drawn from Canadian sources as much as possible and follow CLA/ACB's style sheet  and also available from Valérie Delrue at the CLA/ACB Office at (613) 232.9625 ext. 301 or e-mail:


All manuscripts must be the original,
unpublished work of the contestant(s). Entries must be submitted
exclusively to the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne
des bibliothèques during the competition period.

Format for Submission

Manuscript length should be between
1,000 and 1,500 words, typewritten on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, double
spaced, with generous margins. Two unfolded copies should be submitted
to the following address, no later than March 31, annually.. Winners will be asked to supply their article in electronic format.

Send to:

    Student Article Contest
    Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques
    328 Frank Street
    Ottawa, ON K2P 0X8

    Tel: (613) 232-9625
    Fax: (613) 563-9895

Please include a separate page
containing the following information: Full title of entry; name of the
author(s); home address and telephone number; name of the program in
which author(s) is/are registered; and a faculty member's verification.


A panel of judges will read and evaluate all entries; additional evaluators may be called upon to assess submissions in French.

Judges look for originality; value and
relevance of the information presented; consistency and accuracy; style
and readability; and suitability for publication. If, in the opinion of
the judges, no article submitted satisfies these criteria, the panel
reserves the right to not select a winner.


Thank you,

Valerie Delrue

Membership Coordinator

Canadian Library Association

328 Frank Street

Ottawa, ON  K2P 0X8

Tel: 613-232-9625 x 301

Fax: 613-563-9895

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