Institute of Children's Literature presents



It's time to get inventive!

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a picture book manuscript featuring a kid inventor. 

Your story should include at least one child inventor, at least one invention, and of course, have a beginning, middle, and end. When you've written no more than 750 words, polish it up, holler, "Eureka!" and submit it!

Why Enter?

 $1,300 Cash Prizes 

  • 1st prize = $650 
  • 2nd prize = $350 
  • 3rd prize = $100 
  • 4th prize = $100 
  • 5th prize = $100 

Free Online Workshop 

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.

Free Critique

Winning entries will be workshopped by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.

Here's what you need to know...

  • Entries can be no longer than 750 words.
  • Entries should be a full picture book manuscript with a begninning, middle, and end.
  • Picture book manuscripts can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Entries should be aimed at readers anywhere between four and eight-years-old.
  • Entries must follow manuscript submission guidelines as stated on our Contest Rules page HERE.
  • Entries must be submitted via our online form by midnight Pacific Time on February 28, 2018.
  • There is a $19 reading fee per manuscript to enter the contest.
  • You may enter more than one manuscript but each entry requires a $19 reading fee.
  • Every writer who enters will be invited to the online workshop for free where the winning entries are critiqued. (Non-entrants pay $7.)
  • Minimum age to enter the contest is 18 years of age.

Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, 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 Kid Inventor Picture Book Contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 60 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will 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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