|Submission Requirements: Any
original, unpublished piece not accepted by any publisher at the time of
submission is eligible.
Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced. Please put your name, address, and account number (if a subscriber) on the first page of your manuscript, and your name on all following pages.
To see an example of how to format your contest entry, please click here.
No entries containing violence or derogatory, racist, or sexist language or situations will be accepted, at the sole discretion of the judges. No employees or relatives of employees or former employees of the Institute or its divisions are eligible.
Entry Form or make online submission
If you need to pay a reading fee you will be directed to the payment section first.
Children's Writer Subscribers (online submission): To submit a free entry online, you will need your Children's Writer account number, which is located in our email to you or on your Children's Writer mailing label in the name/address block. For subscribers who are students, it is the same as your student number. Please click here to continue.
You will be directed to the Free Entry section.
Non-subscribers (online submission): If you do not subscribe to Children's Writer, your online entry is welcome. Please click here to continue.
You will be directed to the section requiring the payment of a $15 reading fee.
For Mail-in Entries: To submit manuscript entries through the mail, please click here to obtain an entry form.
Judges: All entries will be read by faculty and editorial staff members of the Institute. Winners will be notified by mail approximately 105 days after the close of the contest. Once the winners are announced, all entries are released for submission elsewhere.
Winners: The winners will be announced in Children's Writer, which receives first rights to the prize-winning manuscripts, after which all rights revert to the authors.