Contests & Awards

© Leeza Hernanez

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 & 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 I Gained from Contests (Besides my Agent)


Oct 1 - Oct. 31 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship

  • What: apply for one of ten spots (8 for authors or author-illustrators and 2 for illustrators) to be mentored by an experience creator for 2018
  • Who: any one who writes or illustrates about diverse main character or diverse central subject matter
  • Prize: a year long mentorship with professional writer or illustrator

Oct 15- Oct 31 WNDB 2017 MG Short Story Contest

  • What: submit your short story for children under 4,000 words, with the theme "Heroes Next Door"
  • Who: authors who identify as diverse writing about diverse characters
  • Prize: $1000 plus publication in an anthology published by Crown Books for Young Readers/ Random House

Oct. 31 SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award
  • What: enter your new PB manuscript with a Jewish theme
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: $2500 plus tuition to the NY SCBWI conference
Oct. 26 #PB Pitch
  • What: Pitch your picture book manuscript between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 26
  • Prize: Agent attention and requests
Oct. 31 Lee & Low New Visions Award
  • What: submit an unpublished, unagented MG or YA manuscript
  • Who: writers of color who are residents of the U.S. over age 18
  • Prize: $1,000 plus publication contract

  • What: Submit a published MG or YA book featuring a diverse main character or addressing diversity in a substantial capacity
  • Who: diverse writers
  • What: submit your original work in English for young readers
  • Who: writer or writer/illustrator from an underrepresented background
  • Prize: 2 winners will get paid trips to the L.A. SCBWI conference, manuscript consultations, and more

  • What: enter to win monetary awards for indigenous writers in Canada
  • Prize: 5 awards for unpublished works totaling $10,000 and 3 awards for published works totaling $15,000

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