Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 13, 2011

Annual New Author Contest

I know a lot of you have written a picture book, early reader, or chapter book.  At the very least, I bet you have an idea for one.  Here is your chance to get your book published.  Cheerios – as in the General Mills breakfast cereal – is sponsoring its annual New Author Contest. It’s “seeking the next great children’s book author, and encourages ambitious authors nationwide to submit an original story, in either English or Spanish, for children ages 3 to 8.”

The winner will be $5,000 richer and may land a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster. Also, the new author will have his/her book promoted inside Cheerios boxes in 2012. For guidelines and entry information, go to; deadline is July 15.

Last year’s winner was Laurie Isop of Renton, Wash., whose “How Do You Hug a Porcupine?” is scheduled for release July 26 (Simon & Schuster, $15.99, 32 pages). Meanwhile, it will be featured inside 3 million boxes of Cheerios.

The Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program helps get high quality, award-winning books in the hands of children, and encourages parents and children to enjoy the wonders of reading together. Over the past 9 years, Cheerios has given away more than 50 million children’s books inside boxes of Cheerios cereal. In addition, Cheerios has donated more than $3.5 million to First Book to help get books to children from low-income families.

Reminder:  You can see the documentary Library of the Early Mind for free today,  Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Princeton Public Library.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hello,

    I’ve seen this cheerios contest and I was very excited about it. I was unsure of the guildelines though. Can you have a blog(don’t make money on it) or have things online(had one poem in book of anthology) and one article online(but did not get paid for either thing.

    I’ve sent them an email but they never responded. The reason I’m worried about even trying for this contest(is that they say you will be disqualified)is that if they find out anything that is not according to their guidelines-the writer is out of there.

    I’m just not sure if I can enter or not and they don’t reply-so I don’t know what more to do. And I cannot find- a phone number- anywhere on the website so that I can call and inquire further about this.

    Veronica T.


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