Winners 2010s

collins 2010

2010 - Pets

Grades 1 - 3

First: Frank by Bennett Winnicky-Lewis

Second: Bullet by Ashely Erin Rehaume

Third (Tie): Jersey & Me by Keaton Pylypiuk

Third (Tie): The Mouse Named Ralph by Eve van de Beek

Grades 4 - 6

First: The Ghost Cat, Me and Moby Dick by Celeste Hayden

Second: Randi the Misfit Mutt by Amanda Pelster

Third (Tie): The Dog in the Trenches by Calum Reid Robie

Third (Tie): Out of Control by David Jones

Grades 7 - 9

First: The Unusual Tale of Mipcan the Undesired by Yaysha Zacharias,

Second: Can't We Just Get a Dog? by Katherine Pernal

Third: Two sides of One Story by Amanda Samuelson

Honourable Mention: Vampire Puppy by Mark Guerrero

Honourable Mention: A Kitten's Tale by Tanisha Anderson

Grades 10 - 12

First: Life With Pepper by Alison K. Hodgins

Second: The Return of the Sexsmith Turkey by Nikol Robbins

Third: Little Alice by Brooklyn K Biegel

Honourable Mention: The Realization by Bryanne Friesen

Honourable Mention: Miss Maggie With Love by Britni Allen


First: Sam by Darrys Sarkonak

Second: Old Dogs, New Roommates by Judy Dettling

Third: Elmo's Story by Karla Bienert

Honourable Mention: The Christening by Liz Good-Gerow

Honourable Mention: The Decision by Lindy Wiebe

collins 2011

2011 - Gifts

Grades 1 - 3 

First: The Mermaid Princess by Meara Sterr

Second: Wii Wii Wii… All the Way Home by Elizabeth Sisco

Third: George’s Gift by Camryn Winnicky-Lewis

Grades 4 - 6

First: A Donkey Tail by Emily Thome

Second: Is He Home Yet? by Nicole Chrenek

Third: Incompreso Natalie by Celeste Hayden

Honourable Mention: The Greatest Gift of All by Amanda Pelster

Grades 7 - 9

First: Darkness by Amanda Samuelson

Second: Bittersweet Realization by Taylor Sorochan

Third: Real Friendship by Rachael Rode

Honourable Mention: Her Iron Will by Caileigh Reid 

Honourable Mention: Ashley’s Heart by Alisha Hiebert

Grades 10 - 12

First: The Gift of Forgiving by Marissa Trarback

Second: Fable by Eryn Heidel

Third: Lantern by Mikayla Jacques


First: Gifts for the Journey by Teresa Wouters

Second: Sending Love from Home by Coreen Calkins

Third: North by Lisa Lawrence 

Honourable Mention: The Conduit by Judy J Dettling

Honourable Mention: Embracing Charlie by Darrys Sarkonak 

collins 2012

2012 - Home

Grades 1 - 3

First: God’s Home of Angels by Acacia Kabyn

Second: My Magic Carpet by Colton Thompson

Third: The Big Move by Camryn Winnicky-Lewis

Grades 4 - 6

First: A New Beginning by Erin M. Novakowski

Second: The Perfect Home by Abbie Paul

Third: Squirt, the Cartoon Guy by Solomon Abbott

Honorable Mention: The Dream House by Bennett Winnicky-Lewis

Honorable Mention: A Scream in the Night by Jenessa Biegel          

Honorable Mention: Music, Love, and Laughter by Arianna Zylstra

Grades 7 - 9

First: Ink and Paper by Nicole Chrenek

Second: The Feeling of Home by T. Jerremy Lewis

Third: An Angel’s Refuge by Caileigh Reid

Honorable Mention: Defending our Home by Keaton Winnicky-Lewis

Honorable Mention: Through and Through by Skyler Deines

Grades 10 - 12

First: My Nightmare, My Life by Taylor Sorochan

Second: Threads and a Broken Heart by Alisha Hiebert

Third: Home: The Call of the Heart by Katrina Friesen


First: Locked Doors by Judy J. Dettling

Second: Finding Home by Sue Farrell Holler

Third: No Space Like Home by Caroline Sekulic

collins 2013

2013 - Secrets

Grades 1 - 3

First: The Secret of My New Home by Acacia Kabyn 

Second: The Stuffed Animal Secret by Jenaya Schipper 

Third (Tie): The Secret of Love by Kiera Cochrane 

Third (Tie): The Secret Box by Sydney Kinderwater 

Grades 4 - 6

First: The Secret by Kinza Naser 

Second: The Kitten Secret by Shelby Lueken

Third: The Secret of Edhel Forest by Gabrielle Kemp-Weeber

Honorable Mention: The Secret Was Out by Camryn Winnicky-Lewis 

Honorable Mention: Rachel’s Secret by Laine Johner 

Grades 7 - 9

First: I, Writer by Celeste Hayden

Second: Sierra’s Secret by Faith-Anne Bedard 

Third: Two Seconds by Nicole Chrenek 

Grades 10 - 12

First: Happily Ever After by Kara Friesen 

Second: His Darkest Secret by Amy Young 

Third: The Bearer of Secrets by Katrina Friesen

Honorable Mention: The Mirror by Haley Evens 

Honorable Mention: Calibrate by Rachael Rode 


First:  It Takes a Village by Melissa Grover 

Second: 24 Little Secrets by Marissa Trarback 

Third: Love That Dare Not Speak its Name by Nicole Emmett

Honorable Mention: The Secret Passenger by Judy J. Dettling 

Honorable Mention: Family Secrets by Sue Farrell Holler 

collins 2014

2014 - Time

Grades 1 - 3

First: The Seed, the Sun and Time by Hana Burton

Second: Dino Secret by Morgan Rode

Third (Tie): The Ice Dragons Find the Water by Peyton Aly

Third (Tie): A Home at Last by Daina Rode

Grades 4 - 6

First: There Is a Time for Everything by Serene Pelster

Second: Time: The Invisible Thief by Madison Klien

Third: The Bridge to the Artic by Alexandria Hansen-Yang

Honourable Mention: Changing Times by Eireann Skidmore

Honourable Mention: Time Heals All Wounds by Jenna Jobson

Grades 7 - 9

First: Franklin and the Watchmaker by Jerremy Lewis

Second: The Time Alone by Bennett Winnicky-Lewis

Third: Hour Decay by Celeste Hayden

Grades 10 - 12

First: Think Inside the Box by Caileigh Reid

Second: Counting Bottles by Ally Botten

Third: Time Paradox by Taylor Sorochan

Honourable Mention: Time Machine by Robyn Wadey


First: When Time Stands Still by Sue Farrell Holler

Second: Upon the Ridge by Freya Bates

Third: The Life and Times of Superman’s Son by Jeff Warren

Honourable Mention: The Sunset by Carley Termeer

Honourable Mention: Endtime by Melissa Grover 

collins 2015

2015 - Wild 

Grades 1 - 3

First: North by Katelyn Hildebrant

Second: John’s Adventure to New York by Noah Mok

Third: The Trail by Timothy Krahn

Grades 4 - 6

First: The Banished Queen by Abigail Krahn

Second: Wild by Sadie LaValley

Third: The Wild Boy by Acacia Kabyn

Honourable Mention: The Wild Horse Bandits by Dalea Glenn

Grades 7 - 9

First: Malicious Arousal by Gabrielle Kemp-Weeber

Second: Patched Up by Ember Paulovich

Third: There’s No Place Like Disney by Karah Doucette

Honourable Mention: Redefined by Elizabeth Sisco

Honourable Mention: The Unfinished Story by Hendrik van de Beek

Grades 10 - 12

First: Ambition by Caileigh Reid

Second: Tara’s Not-So-Tall Tale by Mikayla Hilkewich

Third: Cat and Mouse in the House by Brian Caicco


First: A Very Awkward Thing by Jeff Warren

Second: Blue Elephants by Sherrie Bouchard

Third: The Walking Path by Judy J. Dettling

Honourable Mention: I Ran by Kirsten Isherwood

collins 2016

2016 - Fractured Fairy Tales

Grades 1 - 3

First: Trouble at Grandmother’s House by Kathryn Friesen

Second: 4 Different Version of Little Red Riding Hood by Noah Mok

Third: Julie and the Three Surfers by Cassidy Landon

Honourable Mention: Gold-E-Knots and the Three Wolves by Emersyn Stanley

Grades 4 - 6

First: The Not So Big Bad Wolf by Sienna Holmes

Second: Prince Charming, the God of Death by Brandi Jessica Vanessa House

Third: The Girl Named Sage by Amani Carroll-Sawan

Honourable Mention: Yen-Shen by Zachary Jickling

Honourable Mention: Grubbilocks by Arabella Dyck

Honourable Mention: Forests Aren’t for Little Girls by Mary Kate Ramirez

Grades 7 - 9

First: A Tangled Twist by Alexa Moon

Second: Pumpkerella by Joshua McDonald

Third: Little Mermaid: Fractured by Noel Anema

Honourable Mention: Hansel, Gretel and the Wolf by Taylor Tracey

Honourable Mention: The Little Ghost Girl by Emily Doherty

Grades 10 - 12

First: Keeper of the Bridge by Sydney Wilson

Second: The three Little by Lauren MacDonald

Third: The Piper by Chad MacDonald


First: Three for a Funeral: the Nightingale by Jessica Sanderson

Second: Equinox by Danielle Ribar

Third: Down the Line by Dustin Archibald

collins 2017

2017 - Monsters

Grades 1 - 3

First: The Monster in My Toy Box by Naila Linus 

Second: The Monster Attack by Vincent Jantz 

Third: The Adventures of Fluffy and the Snow Monster by Erin Baker 

Grades 4 - 6

First: The Man on My Heels by Trista Mannix 

Second: Not You’re Typical Monster by Samantha Cooney 

Third: Monster Under My Bed by Iva Henheffer 

Honourable Mention: That Monster Under My Bed by Hannah E. Wiens

Honourable Mention: The Notebook by Koen J. Maurer 

Grades 7 - 9

First: His Name Was Tyson by Megan Pettyjohn 

Second: Inevitable Fate by Emily Beauliue 

Third: The Darkness We Carry by Emma Victoria Reyes 

Honourable Mention: Least of the Evils by Renan Mendoza 

Honourable Mention: Justification of the Means by Noah Ruxton

Grades 10 - 12

First: The Calico by Kara Nelson 

Second: Exo by Celeste Hayden 

Third: Skin Deep by Heide Adham 

Honourable Mention: Symbol of Pain, Monster Within by Josie Leighann Kjemnus


First: Mishipeshu by Marissa Trarback 

Second: The Crystal Wars by Judy J Dettling 

Third: The Blank Slate by Jordy Wiens 

Honourable Mention: Terror and Triumph by Corinne Cowan 

Honourable Mention: Jay by Sherrie Bouchard 

collins 2018

2018 - Flight

Grades 1 - 3

First: The Kiwi Bird that Wished He Could Fly by Erin Baker

Second: Flying to the Rescue by Jadzia Smith

Third: Birds Fly by Micah Hildebrant

Honourable Mention: My First Time on a Plane by Delaney Wiens

Honourable Mention: Scotty and Sam’s Adventure by Jordan Cartwright

Grades 4 - 6

First: Feathered by Katelyn Hildebrant

Second: First Time to Live by Rachel Thome

Third: A Flight to a New Life by Naila Linus

Honourable Mention: The First Man on the Moon by Vaughn Stefan

Honourable Mention: The Girl and the Blue Carpet by Aleah Schall

Grades 7 - 9

First: To Fly Away by Miriam Barreth

Second: Balloons by Tyra Meek             

Third: Event Horizon by Duncan Kitzmann

Grades 10 - 12

First: The History Maker by Andrea Dedio

Second: Without You by Gabrielle Mycroft

Third: Alfred Said I Could Fly by Nathan Rempel


First: The Ferryman’s Price by Mikayla Jacques

Second: Life Remains by Jordy Wiens

Third: Soul Migration by Sue Farrell Holler

collins 2019

2019 - Seaside

Grades 1 - 3

First: All Streams Lead to the Sea by Micah Hildebrant

Second: Sandy's Adventure by Josephina Jantz

Third: Sea to the Side by Darius Hawkes

Grades 4 - 6

First: Rescue by Jennifer Finnie

Second: Never Will I Forgive Him by Jesse Hatch

Third: Surviving Sable by Erin Baker

Honourable Mention: Scorching, Hot Winter by Eva Barreth

Honourable Mention: Water Winners by Dawson Reum

Grades 7 - 9

First: Kingdom of Plague by Cheyenne Gawley

Second: Thinking, Sinking by Trista Mannix

Third: Reflection by Phoenix Colosimo

Honourable Mention: Allies with the Enemy by Keira Wakefield

Honourable Mention: Ocean's Heart by Anna Morris

Grades 10 - 12

First: Drowned to Life by Caitrin Sweeney

Second: Swim Amongst the Stars by Belle Vetsch

Third: Of Helios and the Sea by Krystina Hulbert


First: Twenty-Seven Million Grains of Sand by Judy J. Dettling

Second: Stolen Peace by Candice Healing

Third: The Mermaid by Shannon Peterson

Honourable Mention: The Fair Lady by Amy Ruth Wiebe

Honourable Mention: The Lonely Island by Brandie Nellis