Contests & Awards

© Julie Rowan-Zoch




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)

Draw This! 
  • What: monthly illustration challenge with a prompt, due 20th of each month
  • Who: SCBWI members
  • Prize: winning pieces featured in SCBWI's monthly newsletter

ONGONG


  • What: apply for emergency funds during the pandemic
  • Who: people of color in the children's publishing industry (agents, editors, authors, illustrators) who've been furloughed or lost their jobs
  • Award: emergency funds
 

May

  • What: apply for one of 24 grants for NYC publishing internships in summer 2022
  • Who: US citizen or permanent resident who identifies as being from a diverse background
  • Award: $3000 internship grant

June

  • What: apply for a grant for your WIP
  • Who: someone who has published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics, but has not generated significant sales
  • Award: $5000 

July

  • What: submit a short story under 750 words about a person or animal not noticed or praised for hard work, courage, or great achievements
  • Who: writers 8-11 and 12-16 years old
  • Prizes: cash (AUD) prizes plus story in print 

August 

  • What: submit a picture book manuscript
  • Who: writers of color or native/indigenous writers, residents of U.S., over 18, who has not previously traditionally published a children's book
  • Prize: $2000 plus publication contract with advance + royalties; 2nd prize: $1000
  • What: submit a middle grade or young adult manuscript
  • Who: writers of color or native/indigenous writers, residents of U.S., over 18, who has not previously traditionally published a children's book
  • Prize: $2000 plus publication contract with advance + royalties; 2nd prize: $1000

September

Sept. 21 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET #PitBlk
  • What: pitch your kid lit project (PB, MG, YA) on Twitter
  • Whounagented Black writers and illustrators 
  • Prize: attention/requests from agents & editors

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