Snuggling up to read a book with a little one at bedtime can be the best part of the day.
This contest is your chance to write a picture book for bedtime or inspired by bedtime. We're looking for your most original stories. (Remember, Goodnight Moon has already been written. Think beyond your first idea.) We want to see manuscripts that will make a child say, "Again! Again!"
Use your imagination to craft a picture book manuscript aimed at children ages four to eight. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and 500 words or less.
Deadline: March 31, 2020
$1,300 Cash Prizes
All entrants are invited to a FREE instructional online workshop with our esteemed judge and the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature and Institute for Writers.
Winning entries will be workshopped by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.
Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, completeness of the story, potential in the market, appropriateness for the age range, and your ability to match standard manuscript format (double spacing, clear contact information, no creative use of fonts).
The winning entries in this Bedtime Picture Book Contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 90 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will be notified of the event details by email and be invited free of charge. (Non-entrants may attend for a nominal fee of $7.)
This is a great opportunity to build your writing and submitting skills!
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