TD Summer Reading Club Position – Writer

Toronto Public Library invites applications from children’s authors for the 2016 TD Summer Reading Club Writer position.

TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC) is a national, bilingual program of Canadian public libraries that strives to engage all children in the joy of reading during the summer months while championing Canadian writers and illustrators. The program helps connect children and families with books and build confidence in reading through the delivery of free incentives and fun, accessible library and online activities.

Location: Off-site

February 2016 to August 2016

Remuneration: $5,000

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for creating a serial story of approximately 4000-5000 words (in English), to be released in 8 weekly segments on the TD Summer Reading Club website from June – August 2016
  • Story will be created around the annual TD SRC theme and will help drive the TD SRC brand strategy and key objective of promoting and celebrating the joy of reading
  • Story will be developed in consultation with and according to creative and technical direction provided by the Toronto Public Library, involving collaboration with the various TD SRC committees
  • Story must appeal to multiple audiences (i.e., a broad age range)
  • Participate in promotional events and conduct six library programs
  • Represent the program in a manner that reflects its brand and values


  • Work for this project must be completed in the period from February 2016 to May 2016
  • Promotional events and library program responsibilities (locations TBD) can occur from May – August 2016

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must reside in Canada
  • Professionally published children’s author
  • Able to work in collaborative situations and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work to scope of project, audience and theme
  • Able to apply principles of diversity, equity and inclusiveness and work with diverse communities

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter outlining ability to meet eligibility criteria (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a list of publications and completed projects, education and training, recognition and awards
  • Sample of recent work (5-10 pages)
  • Description of workshops or programs directed to children that could be delivered by the applicant
  • Two letters of reference
  • Please combine these elements into a single PDF document where possible

Application Deadline: January 19, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

Please note late submissions will not be accepted.

Send applications electronically to:

TD SRC Writer Selection

c/o Robert Filart