Writing Contests. Will you be a winner?

I have recently been looking at different contests that are happening for writers and came across a blog that has quite a few of them posted so I thought I would throw them on my blog as well for anyone who might need the info!  Good luck to all! (info from http://www.kidlit411.com )

 

MAY

 

April 4 – May 2   LIKE A VIRGIN PITCH CONTEST

  • What: Any YA and NA ms that has not previously been entered into a pitch contest.  First 50 qualifying pitches will be accepted 1st come 1st served by entering at lvcon14 (at) gmail dot com. Five authors will pick their top 2 pitches to move onto the agent round.
  • When Opens April 4th at 6 am EST

 

May 5 WRITER’S DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

  • Award: cash prizes, work seen by editors & agents, etc.
  • Who is eligible: anyone writing for all genres, including kid lit (fees are involved to apply for this competition)

May 5 THE KBR UNPUBLISHED PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT AWARD

  • What: picture books of 400 words or less.Winners will score $150, a manuscript appraisal, a certificate and the chance to have their manuscript viewed by Sue Whiting, Publishing Manager at Walker Books Australia. All participants receive feedback.
  • Who is eligible: There is an Australian, International and Illustrator segment.

May 15  REMIXING THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS CHALLENGE

  • What: Using a poem or poems from Solving the World’s Problems by Robert Lee Brewer, write your own poetic remix. “Include your name, the title of the poem (or poems) you’re remixing, and the title of the new piece–along with your contact information.” The “author of my favorite remix will receive a $500.”
  • Who is eligible: Everyone
  • Fee: Free

JUNE

June 15    SCBWI TOMIE DEPAOLA ILLUSTRATION CONTEST PART 1

  • What: winning illustration entry gets a free trip to the winter SCBWI conference and lunch with Tomie de Paola. Note that this year’s competition is a two-part competition.
  • Who is eligible: SCBWI members

June 29  GOLDEN BAOBAB PRIZES (African writers/illustrators)

  • What: $5000 prize and opportunity to get children’s stories published (picture books, chapter books, rising writers/illustrators, illustrators)

June 30 GREENHOUSE FUNNY PRIZE

  • What: Submit your funny PB, MG, or YA manuscript for a chance to be represented by the Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Who is eligible: unagented writers in the UK, Commonwealth (excluding Canada) and Europe

JULY

 

July 1 BOOKSTAR 2014

  • What: Submit a completed fiction manuscript or biography for  the chance to attend a live event and read 2 minutes of a manuscript. Winner will be chosen by vote from judges and the public.  Winner will be signed to Mithra Publishing with a PR agency.
  • Who is Eligible: UK Novel Writers only
  • Fee: £5 for each submission

(July 31)        CHEERIOS 2014 SPOONFUL OF STORIES CONTEST   There will not be a Cheerios contest this year…boooooo

  • What: a national search for a winning picture book story
  • Who is eligible: unpublished writers (very strict – can’t have published in kidlit market, including magazines)
  • Prize: $5000 and publication & distribution in Cheerios boxes nationwide

(TBA)

#PITCHMAS

  • What: Twitter pitch party with agents and editors. Check the website for rules and additional details including a participating list of agents and editors.
  • Who: Open to All with a Twitter Account
  • Prize: agent and editor requests for manuscripts

 

AUGUST

August 15 POCKETS MAGAZINE FICTION CONTEST

  • What: Christian magazine seeking unpublished stories 750-1000 words.
  • Award: $500 and publication in Pockets. Submit with SASE.

Aug. 31           SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION 2014 FALL GRANT

  • Award: Five $6,000 awards and five $2,000 awards for writers or artists who are also parents
  • Who is eligible: applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18

Aug. 1- 31  INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S STORY COMPETITION

  • Award: Inclusive Works, KAZDU and Clavis Publishers invite you to submit a story for an international children’s stories competition “Grandpa, grandma and I in the multicultural society.”for children either in the age group of 1-3 years or 4-6 years. Both winning stories will be published by Clavis Publishers as illustrated children’s books in Dutch and English.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

(Sept. 30)       NEW VOICES AWARD, LEE & LOW BOOKS

  • What: a national search for a winning picture book story
  • Who is eligible: unpublished, unagented writer of color (can be published in kidlit magazines)
  • Prize: $1000 plus standard publication contract

 

OCTOBER

 

NOVEMBER

 

DECEMBER

 

Dec. 8-17 (tentative)  HOLIDAY CONTEST with Susanna Leonard Hill

  • What: Write a story with a holiday theme and share on your blog or at HTTP://SUSANNAHILL.BLOGSPOT.COM. Top stories will be chosen and eligible for prizes. Check the website for specific contest guidelines and rules.
  • Who: Open to All

(Dec. 13)        TOMIE DEPAOLA ILLUSTRATION CONTEST

  • What: annual search for a winning illustration following a prompt given by Tomie dePaola
  • Who is eligible: SCBWI members
  • Prize: trip to the winter New York SCBWI conference, award presented, and lunch with Tomie dePaola

(TBA)
#PITCHMAS

 

  • What: Twitter pitch party with agents and editors. Check the website for rules and additional details including a participating list of agents and editors.
  • Who: Open to All with a Twitter Account
  • Prize: agent and editor requests for manuscripts
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