We are looking for authors

girl_group_shot.jpgWe are looking for authors who can provide realistic voices for our contemporary Canadian girl characters aged 10-11 years.The stories are to be wholesome, inspiring, educational and entertaining for girls age 6 to 12.They will incorporate Canadian national and regional geography, heritage and culture in engaging fictional storylines.

Our four initial characters hail from the Rocky Mountains, rural Manitoba, downtown Toronto and Lunenburg Nova Scotia. New characters from yet-to-be disclosed locations are in development. We are particularily interested in finding an author who can write about life in Quebec. It
is our intention to have each character’s books penned by a different
author as it is important that the author have a strong local knowledge
of the area in which the character resides.Our immediate
project is for one chapter book per existing character and new
character, with plans for further books for each character to follow.

Writing guidelines and

some character descriptions and story themes will be provided but there
remains considerable scope for the imagination.

For more information about the Maplelea Girls and Avonlea Traditions Inc., please visit our website, www.maplelea.com, in particular the “Meet the Maplelea Girls”, “For Parents” and “About Us” sections.

Writers are invited to send their Expression of Interest to:

Kathryn Gallagher Morton

President

Avonlea Traditions Inc.

PO Box 93157, 1111 Davis Drive

Newmarket, ON L3Y 8K3

[email protected]

Please include:

1.The area(s) of Canada you feel most qualified to write about. (Also include areas from which we currently do not have doll characters, if relevant.)

2.A biography (or point us to one available on the internet)

3.Samples of work relevant to this age target (or point us to where they can be found)

4.An indication of why this project appeals to you.

5.Your availability in the coming months

6.Contact information

We will continue our search until a suitable author is found for each existing and new character. However, we encourage you to submit your Expression of Interest by February 21, 2008.