Contests & Awards

© Danielle Heitmuller

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

James Cross Giblin Scholarship for Highlights Foundations courses

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


  • 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

  • What: apply for a $3000 grant for a summer internship in children's or adult publishing
  • Who: writers who identify as having come from a diverse background according to the WNDB guidelines


April 1- June 30 New Visions Award
  • What: submit your MG or YA manuscript
  • Who: Open to writers of color and Native/Indigenous writers 18 years or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Prize: an advance offer and standard publication contract

  • What: apply for full tuition to the SCBWI summer conference in Los Angeles
  • Who: writer or writer/illustrator from traditionally underrepresented ethnic or cultural background; with an original work not under contract
  • Award: full tuition to summer conference, access to agents/editors