Children’s Literature Contests, Grants and Awards

Just a quick reminder about these upcoming children’s literature deadlines:

The Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence Program awards $20,000 and an office in the Boston Public Library to a writer for nine months so that they may use the libraries collection to complete a work for children. Deadline to apply is May 15, 2012.

The Lee and Low New Voices Award recognizes picture book writers of color. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and a standard contract with Lee and Low. Submission information will be available on the website in May 2012.

The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is awarded to one YA, middle grade or picture book entry. Grand prize receives $1,000 and publication. 3 runners up (one from each category) will receive $100. Open to published and unpublished authors; stories must be previously unpublished. Deadline is June 30. Contest hosted by Hunger Mountain, the literary journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. $20 entry fee.

The IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award is awarded every three years to a promising new children’s poet who has published no more than two books of poetry. Submissions for the 2013 award will be accepted from May 2010 to December 1, 2012. Publishers must sent twelve copies of a poetry book copyrighted between 2010 and 2012 to be considered. Award: $500.

The Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature will be awarded to the best middle grade manuscript accepted by Milkweed for publication during that calendar year. Winner receives a $10,000 cash prize in addition to the contract negotiated at the time of acceptance. No deadline, all previously unpublished submissions accepted that year considered for the prize.

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award is awarded to a book for fourth through eighth graders and voted as the favorite by Vermont children. Publishers can submit anytime during the year, but must submit by the end of the year that the book was published. Children vote from a master list of 50 books. Deadline: December, 31, 2012.

 

Contests for Young Writers:

The Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers is open to high school students who wish to submit their poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. Three first place winners receive $250.00 and publication. 3 runners up will receive $100. Open to published and unpublished authors; writing must be previously unpublished. Deadline is April 30. Contest hosted by Hunger Mountain, the literary journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. $10 entry fee.

 

Are there any other deadlines we should know about?  Please share in the comments!

 

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  • http://gravatar.com/joanyedwards Joan Y. Edwards

    Thanks for the listing of contests!

    Do something fun for you today.

    Joan Y. Edwrds

  • http://authorranjit.wordpress.com Ranjit K Sharma

    Thanks for collecting all these information and putting them under one roof!