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 & 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


Aug 2- Aug 6 Pitch Wars 2017

  • What: Win a mentor for you MG, YA or NA novel
  • Prize: A mentor and attention from agents

July 1 - Aug 15 Undiscovered Voices (EU only)
  • What: Enter to win a spot in an anthology for new writers & illustrators sent to agents, novels for children age 5 to YA (no picture books)
  • Who: non-agented SCBWI members living in EU countries
  • Prize: inclusion in an anthology sent to UK editors & agents and some US editors & agents


  • What: formerly known as the Tomie de Paola Award, this annual SCBWI award will focus on narrative art. A prompt will be provided in July 2017
  • Prize: a trip to the NY SCBWI in 2018
  • What: enter your unpublished, unagented PB manuscript addressing the needs of children of color
  • Who: writers of color who are residents of the U.S. over age 18
  • Prize: $1000 plus publication contract

  • What: submit an unpublished, unagented MG or YA manuscript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

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