Contests & Awards

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Submitting your work to contests and awards is a great way to get your work noticed. Here's a list of submission opportunities for children's writing and illustrating. We normally only list contests that do not require an entry fee. 

Also, check out these other compilations of contests:

Ongoing Contests & Awards

Twitter Pitch Contests in 2016

Twitter Pitch contests & 1st Five Pages Workshop by Adventures in YA Publishing

James Cross Giblin Scholarship for Highlights Foundations courses

Four on 400 (every month, deadline 5th day of each month)

  • What: Comment on the contest announcement on the 4th of each month for a chance to submit your first 400 words of an MG or YA ms
  • Prize: Winner's entry will be posted on blog & critiqued by four members of The Winged Pen

Good Articles on Contests

A Guide to Twitter Pitch Contests by Literary Agent Carly Waters


  • What: submit your PB, CB, MG, YA fiction or nonfiction
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: opportunity for work to be presented to acquiring editors
  • What: submit a PB dummy or your portfolio
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: $1000 grant
  • What: submit your work in progress
  • Who: unpublished writers over age 50
  • Prize: $500 and free tuition to any SCBWI conference
Mar. 26 noon Picture Book Party
  • What: pitch up to two PBs with the first 50 words
  • Prize: top 20 pitches will be presented to agents in an agent round, April 5-7


April 1  Graphix Publication Contest  (Scholastic imprint)
  • What: submit 12 pages of your graphic novel's art and text plus artist statement
  • Prize: up to 5 winners will receive a $15,000 publication contract
April 5 #KidPit
  • What: Pitch your board book, PB, CB, MG, or YA between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Central
  • Prize: agent interest
April 25 #DVPit
  • What: pitch your diverse childrens/teen fiction or nonfiction  between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern
  • Prize: agent interest


June 22 PB Pitch
  • What: tweet your PB pitch #PBPitch
  • Prize: attention and requests from agents

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