Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 13, 2011

National Children’s Book of the Year Award Contest

I figured all of you would like this writing contest, since it is open to anyone who is interested in being a published children’s book author. The National Association of Elementary School Principals is looking to launch an aspiring picture book or chapter book writer, and even published author’s careers. Charlesbridge Publishing, a leading independent publisher from Boston, and the NAESP have partnered for this contest.

Last year, they received more than 1,000 entries.

Here’s how it works: Prospective authors may choose to publish a picture book or a chapter book written for children from 3-16 years of age. Manuscripts must be in English text only and illustrations are not required for either category to submit manuscripts. The publisher will identify an illustrator after the manuscript is approved.

ENTRY FEE: $45 – each additional entries can be sent for only $25.

DEADLINE: January 16, 2012.

Judging will be based on content, originality,and age-appropriateness. Two winners will be announced March 23, 2012 at the NAESP 2012 Annual Convention in Seattle. Entries must be sent with a check or credit card information to the NAESP Foundation, Attn: National Children’s Book of the Year Contest, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. No e-mail entries will be accepted. Please complete the form on back or visit If you would like more information about the National Book Award Contest, call the NAESP Foundation at 800-386-2377 or download an entry form here.

Note: Please do not send in original manuscripts. Due to the large volume of entries, manuscripts cannot be returned.

Two winners—one for a children’s picture book and one for a children’s chapter book—will be selected, published by Charlesbridge and endorsed by the NAESP and their principals—who will announce and promote it to their 30,000 members, as well as teachers and students.

Good Luck! 

Talk tomorrow,


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