Contests & Awards


© Kathryn Ault Noble

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

Most Popular Twitter Pitch Parties

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

What I Gained from Contests (Besides my Agent)



JUNE

June 6 Pitmad
  • What: pitch your complete, polished novel or PB between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EDT
  • Prize: agent attention and requests for submissions
  • What: submit a mock up of a picture book reflecting the diversity of this country
  • Who: unpublished and un-agented illustrators and artists, U.S. residents
  • Prize: $1500, roundtrip ticket to New York City, and a one-day mentorship at Little Brown with editors, designers, and artist mentor Grace Lin

AUGUST


  • What: submit your MG or YA novel or graphic novel, particular interest in literary science fiction, but all genres welcome
  • Who: writers of color or Native American nations, U.S. residents 18 or over, previously unpublished in MG or YA
  • Prize: $2000 plus standard publication contract
  • What: submit your PB manuscript
  • Who: writers of color or Native American nations, U.S. residents 18 or over, previously unpublished in PB, only un-agented submissions accepted
  • Prize: $2,000 plus standard publication contract


SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1-31 SCBWI Emerging Voices Grant 

  • What: Submit your PB, MG, or YA manuscript
  • Who: SCBWI members, writers or writers/illustrators from traditionally underrepresented group, un-agented, unpublished
  • Prize: 2 winners will receive a paid trip & tuition to the SCBWI LA conference, a manuscript critique, and showcase to editors

Sept. 5 Pitmad
  • What: pitch your complete, polished novel or PB between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EDT
  • Prize: agent attention and requests for submissions
Sept. 25-27 Pitchwars
  • What: submit your query, first chapter and synopsis of a finished manuscript
  • Who: all categories of writers (children to adult)
  • Prize: obtain a published author mentor who will help you revise your manuscript and present it in an agent showcase in Feb. 2020
  • What: apply for a grant to cover airfare, lodging, or travel expenses associated with researching speculative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction)
  • Prize: $1,000 grant
DECEMBER

Dec. 5  Pitmad
  • What: pitch your complete, polished novel or PB between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EDT
  • Prize: agent attention and requests for submissions


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