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

April 23 Mentor Match
  • What: Apply for a mentor for your MG or YA novel
  • Who: Unagented writers
  • Prize: An experienced author mentor who will critique your manuscript and work with you to revise it & provide advice

April 25 #DVPit
  • What: pitch your diverse childrens/teen fiction or nonfiction  between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Eastern
  • Prize: agent interest


May 17-19 Query Kombat
  • What: submit your query and first pages of your MG, YA, NA, adult novel for a bracket-style competition
  • Prize: Agents requests for your novel


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

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