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 on: August 05, 2015, 03:31:51 PM 
Started by ColoradoKate - Last post by Basil
One must be wary of such contests, Kate. Be especially wary if the word "Literally" is use instead of "Literary". An example would be the Cousin Theo's old contest where the prize was The Theo Award for Literally Excellence.

 on: August 05, 2015, 08:10:47 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Beth Consugar
Thanks for the tips Jan!

 on: August 05, 2015, 08:07:57 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by Beth Consugar
Writer's Digest has some contests too.

 on: August 05, 2015, 12:54:30 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jojocookie
Wow! What a wonderful start this gives me.

I love being over my head with stuff.

 on: August 04, 2015, 09:00:33 AM 
Started by ColoradoKate - Last post by ColoradoKate
I keep seeing books--usually self-published, or published by what used to be called vanity publishers, or published by tiny e-publishers--that are touted as "award-winning" novels. These are often not children's books, though I've seen some of those, too.

When I'm curious and google to discover the award, I find that it's the "Outer Podunk Retired Plumbers' Book Club: Best Romance Novel for March 2014."

All right... I exaggerate. A little. But the "awards" are obscure, to say the least, and I wonder how many of those "contests" exist. I also wonder if some of them aren't created by the publishers themselves.

 on: August 04, 2015, 08:54:15 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jfields
I have noticed that Kathy Temean often lists contests in her blog posts --  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/
As does Nancy Kelly Allen -- http://nancykellyallen.blogspot.com/

 on: August 04, 2015, 08:37:11 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jfields
True, puppy love, Google is our friend.

I've done Google searches for contests before, hoping that someone was keeping a nice tidy list of children's writing contests the way Ev Christensen is keeping a list of children's magazines and links to their submission guidelines and list of educational publishers. And Casey McCormick keeps a list of agents. I actually found a link once for children's writing contests but it hadn't been maintained and was about as useful as P&E's list. Maintaining something like that is a lot of work and I don't envy anyone who chooses to make and maintain one -- but I can still wish for one Smiley

For now, we can use Google and the lists in market guides and always feel free to ask me if you're uncomfortable with the potential hinkiness of a contest you find -- I don't know everything, of course, but I'll always be glad to give my view. I'm swell-headed that way.

 on: August 04, 2015, 07:46:40 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by hardt
Your thread was titled, "how to find"

My short answer would be "Google"

 on: August 04, 2015, 07:45:24 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by hardt
Please note that my post was more toward "showing that a Google search will yield results"

There were "About 2,590,000 results (0.51 seconds)"

P&E was the immediately recognized name...

Contests & Awards - KidLit411
Here's a list of submission opportunities for children's writing and illustrating. ... What: Submit a 750-1000 word story for a devotional magazine for children ages ...

PBS Kids Writers Contest :: Home
PBS Kids
The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and is based on the Reading ... National prizing supported in part by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Writing Contests - Preditors & Editors
ABC's Children's Picture Book Competition: Charges fee. ... American Markets Newsletter Short Story Contest, The: run by Sheila O'Connor. Charges fee.
You visited this page on 8/3/15.

Book Contest for Authors | Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are book contests for childrens books. ... and reward up-and-coming, newly published authors and younger published writers.

10 Children's Book Award Contests - Story Quest Children's ...
Dec 22, 2011 - 10 Children's Book Award Contests for Self-published Authors. Finding book award contests to enter can be daunting. I started with a Google ...

Ten Tips for Writing Contests - Instititute of Children's ...
Her articles about writing have been published both in print and online markets such as Keystrokes, Byline, Children's Writer, and Children's Book Insider.

Children's Book Award Contests: The Importance of Entering
Google “children's book award contests” and you will receive over a million hits. ... Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators – www.scbwi.org The Golden ...

International Children's Stories Competition 2014 - Inclusive ...
After writing “What Can Your Grandma Do?” Anne then discovered the children's story competition sponsored by Inclusive Works and felt that her idea might be ...

The Betty Award - A Writing Contest for Children Ages 8-12
The Betty Award is a writing contest for children ages 8-12. Kids can enter their stories for a chance to win cash prizes.

Leapfrog Press :: Fiction Contest
Subject line: "Contest entry Book Title--adult novel." Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, .... We do not take picture books, children's or otherwise, and we do not publish in color.

...and so on...

 on: August 04, 2015, 02:06:46 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jfields
Jojo -- you'll find that probably 95% of the list are either contests Dave doesn't recommend or contests that are defunct. He doesn't list any of the well known kid writing contests, and nearly all the contests listed are for adult writing. So there might be one or two of interest. Though one thing about Dave -- he's very black and white. So he's 100% against any kind of fee and thus doesn't like most contests (though, again, he doesn't list any of the non-fee ones I know well like Highlights, Pockets or Lee&Low) and his writing sphere is almost totally in a different world from children's writing so it's not terribly surprising that you don't see even the well-known children's writing contests.

I'm a little less cuts and dried on fees. I'm less enthusiastic about using writers as a fund raising source, but not quite so hostile about contests that have small fees to help with the cost of the contest.

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