Contests

Contests are a great way to sharpen your submission skills and get your work out there. Plus, you could win part of the $1,300 in prize money we award to our contest winners. Winning entries are critiqued in our Winners' Workshop where we announce the winners in a live webinar.

The Institute for Children's Literature and the Institute for Writers offer writing contests year around for various genres. Please see our most current contests below:


ICL KINDERGARTEN PICTURE BOOK CONTEST

 

Write a picture book manuscript that takes place in kindergarten. The story should be aimed at 4-6 year olds and can be no more than 500 words. Click here for details.

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Institute for Children's Literature Newsletter

Institute for Writers Newsletter

 


For tips on how to improve your contest entries (and possibly win!), check out these resources from ICL and IFW:

 

How to Win a Contest by ICL Instructor Nancy Coffelt

Tighten Up Your Weakest Link for a Contest Win by ICL contributor Jan Fields

Why a Contest? Seven Lucky Reasons to Enter by ICL Contributor Jan Fields

Why Entering a Contest Helps YOU! with Katie Davis and Nancy Coffelt

 

Contest rules available here:

IFW Contest Rules

ICL Contest Rules



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