10 Children’s Book Award Contests for Self-published Authors
Finding book award contests to enter can be daunting.
I started with a Google search and spent hours drilling down into contest rules and requirements. My book, Sunbelievable, was published by my own publishing company and therefore qualified as a “self-published” versus a print-on-demand “self-published” book. The distinction is important to keep in mind when sorting through submission guidelines. Here’s my list which includes content taken directly from the award sites. I limited this list to 10 for now, but there are others I’ll post next!
1. The Golden Kite Award: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Golden-Kite-Award. “Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators the Golden Kite Awards, given annually to recognize excellence in children’s literature, grant cash prizes of $2,500 to author and illustrator winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. A commemorative poster with the winners will be created and distributed to, among others, various schools, libraries and publishers. In addition to the four Golden Kite Award winners, four honor book recipients will also be named by the panel of judges which consists of children’s book writers and illustrators. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. Eligible books must be written or illustrated by SCBWI members, and submitted either by publishers or individuals.” 2012 Golden Kite Competition Submission Information for publishers. 2012 Golden Kite Competition Submission Information for individuals.
2. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/. “Designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This year’s sixth annual Moonbeam Awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. All 2011 and 2012 copyrights and releases are eligible. Presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher magazine, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards are given in 38 categories covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.” Click here to receive the 2012 Moonbeam Awards entry form and guidelines by email.
3. Mom’s Choice Award: http://www.momschoiceawards.com/. “The Mom’s Choice Awards® is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services. The Mom’s Choice Awards® is accepting entries. In most cases, decisions can be made in 8 – 12 weeks. Distinguish yourself and your work and join this prestigious awards program.” Click here for the online entry process.
4. The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards: http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/pd_book_contest.html. “Geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly seal on your book’s cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence. Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. Being honored with a Purple Dragonfly Award confers credibility upon the winner, as well as provides positive publicity to further their success. The goal of these awards is to give published authors the recognition they deserve and provide a helping hand to further their careers.” Only 131 days left until Entry Deadline, May 1, 2012!
5. The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards: http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/rd_book_contest.html. “Five Star Publications is proud to present the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, which were conceived to honor published authors of all types of literature – fiction and nonfiction – in 50 categories, appealing to a wide range of ages and comprehensive list of genres. Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside. A Royal Dragonfly seal on your book’s cover tells readers they are perusing a highly acclaimed publication. Contest winners garner instant credibility, attention from the media and an opportunity to increase book sales. On the personal side, recipients of Royal Dragonfly Book Awards experience increased self-esteem, heightened confidence and recognition from their peers and employers.” Only 41 days left until Entry Deadline, February 1, 2012!
6. Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Literary Blogger Awards: http://www.cybils.com/. “Our purpose is two-fold: Reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators, let’s not forget them) whose books combine the highest literary merit and “kid” appeal. Foster a sense of community among bloggers who write about children’s and YA literature, highlight our best reviewers (and shamelessly promote their blogs) and provide a forum for the similarly obsessed. You (and you can be anybody, even you) may nominate any book published in the contest year in English.” Nominations open October 1 and close October 15.
7. The Independent Publishers Book Awards: http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/ipawards.php. “The ‘IPPY’ Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. We define “independent” as 1) independently owned and operated; 2) operated by a foundation or university; or 3) long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year. Books with 2011-2012 copyright or that are released between Nov. 1, 2010 and March 15, 2012 are eligible. 72 subject categories in National awards. E-Book Awards with fiction, non-fiction, children’s and regional categories. Winners receive medals, certificates, and earn credibility, publicity — and increased book sales!” Final entry deadline March 15, 2012.
8. The Indie Excellence National Book Awards®: http://www.indieexcellence.com/index.html. “NIEA celebrates overall excellence, including design and promotional text, so that discerning readers know an NIEA winner or finalist is something special. What’s more, award announcements receive extensive media coverage you can leverage to your sales advantage.” The 2012 contest begins in June 2011 and runs through April 15, 2012.
9. Next Generation Indie Book Awards®: http://www.indiebookawards.com/index.php. “Calling all indie book authors and publishers – including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.” Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English with a 2011 or 2012 copyright date.
10. Benjamin Franklin Awards™: http://www.indiebookawards.com/index.php. “Recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. Includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design,and is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards program is unique in that entrants receive direct feedback from decision makers in the industry.” DEADLINES: FIRST CALL—SEPTEMBER 30, 2011, for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2011. SECOND CALL—December 31, 2011, primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2011. All titles carrying a 2011 copyright date will be accepted in this round of entries.
More award contests will be included in the Story Quest post on Monday, December 26th. I welcome your additions and suggestions!