Contest Rules

Submission Requirements: Any original, unpublished piece not accepted by any publisher at the time of submission is eligible.


  • Entries must be accompanied by a reading fee of $15 (credit card, check or money order accepted).  Please add GST for entries from Canada.
  • The fee will also entitle you to a six month subscription to Children’s Book Insider plus six months access to the CBI Clubhouse website, an interesting and active community for writers.  
  • We encourage entries to be submitted online, however, you may submit your entries either online or by mail. Please be sure to read and follow the directions carefully for the method you select.
  • We cannot return submissions, please retain a copy of your manuscript.
  • All manuscript submissions must meet the entry deadline outlined in each contest.

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.

Obtain Official Entry Form or make online submission
You may submit your entry either online, using our safe and secure entry page, or by regular mail. If you choose to submit online, you'll need to complete your manuscript and save it to a file on your computer.

You will be directed to the payment section first, then to the online entry page.

Entries require an entry number which is included in at the end of our email announcement of the contest.  

For Online Submissions: Please click here to continue.

You will be directed to the section requiring the pre-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 the October eNews newsletter, which receives first rights to the prize-winning manuscripts, after which all rights revert to the authors.