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Children's Book Industry Awards Searchable Listby NeustudioHow to use this list: you can search the list by award name, tag or organization. Tag list on the second sheet. Contact me with questions or suggestions:
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AwardTags (alpha order)OrganizationDescriptionsubmission or nominationapprox. submission dateweb link
New Voices Awardchildren, diversity, fiction, nonfiction, picture book, poetry, unpublished, writerLEE & LOW BOOKSAwarded to a picture book manuscript by an unpublished author of color. Established in 2000, the NEW VOICES AWARD encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. submission4/1/18 – 8/31/18
Alex AwardsUnited States, YAYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. Publishers, authors, agents, or editors may not nominate their own titles.nomination12/31
Amelia Bloomer ListChildren, Feminist, United States, Women, YAAmerican Library Association (ALA)With determined energy, the Amelia Bloomer Project curates a booklist of notable feminist literature for people from birth to age eighteen. Our work affirms the power of hearing, sharing, and trusting women’s voices.field suggestion, committee member nomination9/30/2017
American Indian Youth Literature AwardUnited States, Children, YA, IllustrationALA Affiliate - American Indian Library AssociationThe American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past submissionanytime within the 2 year period
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and FantasyYA, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novelScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book is awarded in tandem with the Nebula Awards and follows all the rules and procedures of the nebulas with some exceptions. Works must be nominated by a SFWA member.nomination by a member of SFWA, not the author, editor, publisher or agent of the work12/31/17
Asian/Pacific American Award for LiteratureUnited States, Asian/Pacific American, Children’s Literature
YA, picture book
ALA Affiliate - Asian/Pacific American Librarians AssociationThe goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.nomination10/1/17
Batchelder AwardUnited States, English Translation, InternationalAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.submission12/31/2017
Belpré MedalUnited States, Latino Culture, Author, IllustratorAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. submission12/31/2017
Best Children's Books of the Year (list)literary merit, illustration, design, diversity, poetry, fiction, nonfictionBank Street CollegeIn choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.

Nonfiction titles are further evaluated for accuracy and clarity. Each book accepted for the list is read and reviewed by at least two committee members and then discussed by the committee as a whole.
submission by publisher11/15/2017
Best Fiction for Young AdultsUnited States, YA, FictionYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. Publishers, authors, agents, or editors may not suggest their own titles.
field suggestion, committee member nomination
BookLife Prizefiction, YA, middle grade, unpublished, self-publishedBookLife & Publishers WeeklyThe BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA/Middle Grade. The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.submission4/1/18 - 8/31/18
Caldecott MedalIllustrator, United StatesAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Medal shall be awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. submission12/31/2017
Children's Choice Book Awardschild-chosen, childrenEvery Child a ReaderWinning titles selected children, from the Children's Choices Reading List. The selection process is shared by the Children's Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the International Literacy Association. Team leaders are selected to participate and support the program. Given to books for grades K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6submission6/1/2018 - 6/30/18,
Children’s Literary Classics (CLC Awards)fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children, middle grade, YA, unpublished, self-published, eBookLiterary Classics InternationalAt Literary Classics, it is our mission to honor excellence in children's and young adult literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination and character in the minds of young readers.
The Latin text on the Literary Classics awards seal says it best. Loosely translated, it states that classic literature is: The key to knowledge and creativity while promoting strong core values. Nearly 100 categories for books. Offers reviews.
Conroy Legacy Awardregional: Southern, author, not exclusively children's literatureSIBA - Southern Independent Booksellers Association“Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes: Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general, Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place, Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors. The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.nomination by a SIBA-mamber bookseller
Cybils Awardsaudiobook, app, board book, early reader, fiction, graphic novel, middle grade, picture book, poetry, speculative fiction, YA Children and Young Adults Bloggers Literary AwardsThe Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.public nominations (10/1-10/15) AND publisher submissions (10/16-10/25)10/1-10/25
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Awardanthology*, author, Canada, fiction, middle grade, non-fiction, poetry, short story collection*, United StatesVermont Department of LibrariesThe Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award was created to honor excellence in children's literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year's nominated titles before voting. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April. *anthologies and short story collections must be the work of a single authorsubmissionany time during the year
Ezra Jack Keats Book Awarddiversity, picture book, new illustrator, new authorEzra Jack Keats Foundation, de Grummond Children’s Literature CollectionThe EJK Book Award is given annually to an outstanding new writer and new illustrator by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. An Honor Books category was added in 2012. A distinguished selection committee of early childhood education specialists, librarians, illustrators and experts in children’s literature reviews the entries, seeking books that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of our world. To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books previously published. The award includes a prize of $1,000 for each winner.submission12/15/2017
Future Bookprint book, e-book, enhanced e-book, app, web-based, internationalThe Bookseller MagazineThe FutureBook Book of the Year celebrates innovative books whether they are print books, e-books, enhanced e-books, apps, or web-site based. There are two awards, one for a children's book and one for an adult book. They can be in any format including (but not restricted to) apps, ePub, iBA, Kindle, HTML or print. **This award may be given to either a children's title or an adult title**submission9/7/17 - 9/29/17
Geisel AwardUnited States, Beginning Reader, Author, IllustratorAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.submission12/31/2017
Golden Kite Awardpicture book, fiction, illustration, middle grade, nonfiction, YASociety of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.

Green Mountain Book Awardfiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, poetry, short stories, YAVermont Department of LibrariesThe Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA), initiated in 2005, is a reader's choice award for Vermont students in grades 9 - 12. The program is intended to encourage high schoolers to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. It is recommended that students read at least three of the year's 15 nominated titles before voting in the spring.submissionany time during the year
Irma Black Awardpicture book, illustration, child-chosenBank Street CollegeThe Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.submission by publisher12/5/2017
Jane Addams Children's Book AwardPeace, Social Justice, Equity, Literary Merit, Canada, United States, Picture BookJane Addams Peace AssociationThe Jane Addams Children's Book Award annually recognizes children's books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.mailed submission12/31/2017
Mathical Prize biography, English, mathematics, nonfiction, novel, picture book, poetry, puzzle book, Spanish fiction, Spanish-translation, STEM, United States Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) & PartnersThe Mathical Book Prize aims to inspire a love of mathematics in the everyday world in children of all ages. Each year’s winners and honor books join a selective and ever-growing list of new and previously published fiction and non-fiction titles for youth.

These titles are as varied as the intersection between literature and mathematics — that is to say, they encompass picture books, novels, poetry collections, puzzle books, biographies, and more!

The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
submissionNot yet set
May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture AwardUnited States, Author, Critic, Librarian, Historian or Teacher, InternationalAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event featuring an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. nomination
National Book Awardliterary merit, fiction, non-fiction, short story collection, United States, picture book, YA, graphic novelNational Book FoundationEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.submission by publisherNot yet set, May 17?
National Jewish Book AwardsJewish religion & culture, English, United States, Jewish Book CouncilThe National Jewish Book Awards are presented at a celebratory gathering in the spring of the year following the publication of the books under consideration.

The event, held at the Center for Jewish History in NYC, honors the authors of the winning books. The evening is a dinner and a ceremony for the winning authors and is attended by the authors and leading names in the Jewish literary world.

Nerdy Book AwardsThe Nerdy Book Club
New Mexico/Arizona Book Awardsregional: New Mexico & Arizona, regional: Southwest, bilingual, picture book, early reader YA New Mexico Book Co-opThe purpose of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards is to uncover and honor the best in Arizona and New Mexico books! Entries
in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards will be judged by booksellers, librarians, teachers, and book marketing experts.
submission7/1/2018 (unconfirmed)
New Visions Awardfiction, children, teen, unpublished, diversity, writer, United StatesLEE & LOW BOOKSEstablished in 2012, the NEW VISIONS AWARD encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent.submission4/1/18– 8/31/18
Newbery MedalUnited StatesAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.submission12/31/2017
Notable Children's Booksliterary merit, originality, illustration, design, clarity, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture bookAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Notable Children's Books selection committee selects, annotates, & presents for publication the annual list of notable children's books of the preceding year. Notable is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways.submission12/31/2017
Odyssey AwardUnited States, English, Audio Book, Children, YAAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. The selection committee may also select honor titles. submission10/31/2017
Original Art Exhibitpicture book, illustration, United StatesSociety of IllustratorsFounded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the original art from the year’s best children’s books. The 2016 exhibit features books selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors.nomination
Pacific Northwest Book Awardsregional: Pacific NorthwestPacific Northwest Booksellers AssociationSince 1964 the PNBA has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. Rather than soliciting nominations for specific categories, we simply require that the author and/or illustrator reside within the PNBA region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia) and that the book be published within the current calendar year. In addition, nominations may be submitted for special awards honoring efforts in publishing, illustration, or for a body of work. Special awards are determined at the discretion of PNBA's Book Awards Committee. Publishers or publicists wishing to nominate a title should send an email nomination to: AWARDS@PNBA.ORGnomination10/30/2018
Paterson Prize for Books for Young Peoplepoetry, children, picture book, middle grade, YAThe Poetry Center at Passaic County Community CollegeIn each category one book will be selected, which in the opinion of our judges, is the most outstanding book for young people published in the previous year.
There is a $500 award in each category: Pre-K - Grade 3; Grades 4 - 6; Grades 7 - 12.
PEN Center USA Literary Awardswest, United States, YA, graphic novelPen Center, USA The PEN Center USA Literary Awards program accepts work produced or published by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in seven book categories (fiction, creative nonfiction [includes memoirs], research nonfiction [includes biographies], poetry, young adult, graphic literature, and translation) and four non-book categories (journalism, drama, screenplay, and teleplay) are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. Winners are announced in late summer. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, a one-year membership to PEN Center USA, and two tickets to the Literary Awards Festival in the fall, where awards are presented to the Literary Awards winners and to honorees. submission11/15/17
PEN/PHYLLIS NAYLOR WORKING WRITER FELLOWSHIP writer, YA, fiction, United States, childrenPen Center, USAThe PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is offered annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction. It has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career to complete a book-length work-in-progress. The author of the winning manuscript, selected blindly by judges unaware of nominees’ names, will receive an award of $5,000. NOTE: Picture books and graphic novels are NOT acceptedsubmission10/13/2017
Printz AwardUnited States, YA, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Anthology, Literary MeritAmerican Library Association (ALA)/Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. Books are nominated by the committee, but suggestions can be made by the field. Up to 4 titles can be awarded, but if no books are deemed worthy the award will not be given.field suggestion, committee member nomination12/1/2017
Rainbow Book ListUnited States, LGBTQ, Children, YAAmerican Library Association (ALA)The Rainbow Book List Committee creates an annual book list of recommended GLBTQ fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers from birth through age 18. Books on the final bibliography, to be determined at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, are published within the assigned calendar year or between July 1 and December 31 of the previous calendar submission9/30/2017
Red Clover Book Awardchild-chosen, picture book, United StatesVermont Center for the Book, with the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont AgencyThe Red Clover Book Award is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Each year thousands of Vermont school children read the 10 nominated picture books and vote for their favorite in the spring. The award has been handed out annually since 1997. submissionany time during the year
Schneider Family Book AwardUnited States, disability, children, YAAmerican Library Association (ALA)Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent submission12/1/2017
Sibert MedalUnited States, Non-fiction, IllustratedAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. submission12/31/2017
Southern Book Prize, formerly SIBA Book Awardregional: Southern, SIBA - Southern Independent Booksellers AssociationEach year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The Southern Book Prize was created to recognize great books of southern origin.
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.
There is a Juvenile category.
nomination by a SIBA-mamber bookseller2/14/2017
Southwest Book Awardsregional: Southwest, print, nonprint, nonfiction, poetry, fiction, reference, new titleBorder Regional Library AssociationTo be eligible for an award, an item must be: About the Southwest, defined as West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico. Appearing in book or nonprint format for the first time. Published between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Of high quality, both in the context of the current year’s entries and in the existing body of Southwestern literature. Books are sought which reflect and interpret the Southwest. A scholarly work must make a well documented contribution to scholarship in some aspect of Southwestern history or culture. Other nonfiction works should make reliable information accessible to the general reader. Poetry and fiction must reflect Southwestern culture and/or be set in the Southwest.Any publisher having one or more items which meet the criteria is invited to submit one review copy of each for consideration. Nominations submitted by individuals are also welcome.9/30/2017
Stonewall Book Awards, Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult LiteratureUnited States, LGBTQ, Children, YAAmerican Library Association (ALA)Books have are honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. Publishers, authors, agents, or editors may not nominate their own titles. Published date should be August 1 of the previous year to July 31 of the current year. Submissions accepted year around. Note: award categories are based on the submissions received, so an award for a children’s or YA book is not always submission9/30/2017
Sydney Taylor Book AwardJewish religion & culture, literary merit, author, illustrator, fiction, nonfiction, picture book, YAALA Affiliate - Association of Jewish LibrariesThe Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature. Gold medals are presented in three categories: Younger Readers, Older Readers, and Teen Readers. Honor Books are awarded silver medals, and Notable Books are named in each category.mailed to committee members11/30/2017
Teen Choice Book Awardsteen-chosen, YAEvery Child a ReaderWinning titles submitted and selected by teens. Voting is being conducted by Teenreads.comsubmission by reader
The Anna Dewdney Read Together AwardUnited States, picture bookEvery Child a Reader and Penguin Young ReadersPenguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have partnered to launch a picture book prize in honor of the late Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), author and illustrator of the beloved Llama Llama series. The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award will be given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as nomination11/28/17 - 2/14/18
The Claudia Lewis AwardpoetryBank Street CollegeThe Claudia Lewis Award, given for the first time in 1998, honors the late Claudia Lewis, distinguished children's book expert and longtime member of the Bank Street College faculty and Children's Book Committee. She conveyed her love and understanding of poetry with humor and grace. The award is given for the best poetry book of the year.nomination by a member
The Cook Prizenonfiction, STEM, child-chosenBank Street CollegeThe Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children's choice award honoring a STEM book. submission by school or library April 17, 2019 (estimated)
The Coretta Scott King Book AwardsUnited States, Children, Picture Book, Biography, History, Social History, African AmericanAmerican Library Association (ALA)The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human submission12/1/2017
The Digital Book World Awardsapp, e-book, enhanced e-book, fiction, graphic novel, interactive fiction, interactive nonfiction, nonfiction, software, YADigital Book WorldThe Digital Book World Awards feature an international panel of judges and will honor the best of the best from across the wide world of publishing.

From trade publishing, to educational publishing, to corporate publishing, to academic and scholarly publishing, to independent publishing, to the companies that produce great products and services that facilitate all forms of publishing...the Digital Book World Awards honor all forms of publishing and content creation, big and small.

The Digital Book World Awards feature over 100 awards available across the wide world of publishing, spanning the globe. Including: Awards for Children's Publisher of the Year, Educational Publisher of the Year, Independent Publisher of the Year, Best Storytelling Software / Application, Best Use of AR/VR In Storytelling, Best Book Cover Art, Best Book (Children's), Best Book (Young Adult Fiction) and more.
nomination (fee)June 1
The Dilys Evans Founder’s Awardpicture book, new illustratorSociety of IllustratorsThe Dilys Evans Founder’s Award celebrates the most promising new talent in children’s book illustration. nomination
The Flora Stieglitz Straus AwardnonfictionBank Street CollegeThe award is presented annually for a distinguished work of nonfiction which serves as an inspiration to young people. nomination by a member
The Josette Frank Awardliterary merit, fictionBank Street CollegeThe Josette Frank Award for a work of fiction of outstanding literary merit for young
readers in which children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with
difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally
nomination by a member
The Kerlan Awardauthor, illustrator, editor, publisher, educatorUniversity of MinnesotaThe Kerlan Award is given in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for the generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature. Individuals from all areas of children's literature, including authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and educators, are eligible for this honor.nominationno date set, awarded every one to two years
The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award.illustration, picture bookNew York Times and the New York Public LibraryThe Times and NYPL share a mission: to recognize the best in children’s literature and bring great books to young readers.
The winners are selected by a panel of three judges, who base their decision purely on artistic merit.
The Nutmeg Book Awardpaperback, children, teen, YA, regional: Connecticut, United StatesConnecticut Library Association, Connecticut Association of School LibrariansBooks must be currently in print, first published no more than five years from selection date, copyrighted in the United States. Book for elementary award may be fiction or nonfiction and must be available in paperback. Books for older readers must be fiction, and illustrations for these books may or may not be considered. Given for grades 2-4, grades 4-6, highschool1/1/18 - 11/30/17
Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Literature in Children’s Literaturediversity, English translation, LGBTQ, United States, YAWNDBThis award honors authors who celebrate multiculturalism with diverse protagonists as well as themes that address diversity in a meaningful way. The works must be published. Starting in 2018 there will be two categories,Young Adult (ages 13–-18) and Middle Grade (ages 9–13). One Walter Award winner and one or two Walter honorees selected in each category.submission
Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly the Wilder Medal)
United States, Author, IllustratorAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC)The Children's Literature Legacy Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature through books that demonstrate integrity and respect for all children's lives and experiences.nomination
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young AdultsUnited States, YA, NonfictionYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year. The award winner will be announced annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting Youth Media Awards, with a shortlist of up to five titles named the first week of December. NOTE: most recent winning title on website is from 2013.nomination11/31/2017

Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards 2018
activity book, board book, book with merchandise, children, early reader, English, fiction, graphic novel, nonfiction, picture book, poetry, religion/spirituality, Spanish, United States, YAPublishing services company Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.comBooks that are published with a 2017 or 2018 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2016 are eligible. The contest is for published books, but ISBN is not required. Submission of galley copies is permissible if finished copies are not yet available. Publishers are to select the category or categories in which the book(s) should be judged. Who may enter the awards contest: Authors, illustrators, publishers and self-publishers of children's books, written in English and Spanish and intended for the North American market. Authors and illustrators are welcome to enter their books themselves.submission8/11/2018
Eisner Awardsgraphic novel, early reader, middle grade, YAComic-Con InternationalThe Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture. Jackie Estrada has been administrator of the Awards since 1990. She can be reached at All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The deadline for voting in 2018 is June 15. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego. nomination
CAPITOL CHOICES LISTaudiobook, board book, early reader, middle grade, YA Captiol Choices Reading GroupThe mission of Capitol Choices is to identify and select a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens. We consider books and audiobooks published in the current calendar year for readers from birth through the high school years. We look not only for those books and audiobooks that are obviously remarkable but also for those whose charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person’s world. We especially look for books that may not find an audience without the benefit of special attention.nominationFeb.1
Benjamin Franklin Awardsearly reader, design, fiction, new author, nonfiction, picture book, YA Independent Book Publisher's Association (IBPA)Note: children's books are only accepted in categories that have "children" in the name. Publishers of print books and audiobooks with a copyright date of 2018 may enter the current competition. There are two deadlines for entry (September 30, 2018 and December 15, 2018). Usually, books published between January 2018 and August 2018 are entered into the First Call and books published between September 2018 and December 2018 are entered into the Second Call. That said, as long as the book has a copyright date of 2018, it will be accepted within either deadline. Books with a copyright date of 2017 will not be considered and books with a copyright date of 2019 will be moved into next year’s competition.submissionOct.1 - Dec. 15
Science Books & Filmshands-on, middle grade, picture book, STEM, YAAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and SubaruThe SB&F Prize aims to encourage the reading, writing, and publishing of quality science books. The Prize began in 2005 by looking back on 40 years of outstanding science books and honoring six authors for their distinguished and lasting contribution to science literature. Beginning in 2006 and beyond, the Prize honors recently published, individual books.submissionFebruary 15 - August 1
Eisner Awardsearly reader, graphic novel, middle grade, YAComic-Con International: San DiegoThe Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world. Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the awards are given out in more than two dozen categories during a ceremony each year at Comic-Con International: San Diego.submissionJanuary
LITTLE, BROWN EMERGING ARTIST AWARDpicture book, illustration, illustrator, unpublishedHachette Book GroupTo encourage the development of high-quality children’s picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences, that in some manner draw from the rich cultural experiences of this country—whether they manifest in character, theme, setting, plot, or are derived simply from the artist’s own experience of identity. Diversity includes literal or metaphorical inclusion of characters of underrepresented ethnicity, religious background, gender identity, class, mental or physical disability, or any other nondominant populations.submissionJanuary - May
IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards)children, diversity, e-book, fiction, graphic novel, nonfiction, picture books, YA
Publishing services company Jenkins Group and
The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to independent authors and publishers worldwide who produce books intended for an English speaking audience. submissionJune - February
Best STEM Books K–12biography, early reader, fiction, illustration, math, middle grade, nonfiction, poetry, science, STEM, YAAmerican Society for Engineering Education, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, National Science Teachers Association, Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council.The selection committee will evaluate submission based on its adherence to the following criteria:
Models innovation, Illustrates authentic problems, Assimilates new ideas, Invites divergent thinking, Explores multiple solutions, Integrates STEM disciplines, Shows progressive change or improvement, Content accuracy–appropriate to age and audience. Fiction is eligible if the book has substantial Science,Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics content. Textbooks, workbooks, kits, experiment-only books, and activity books are not eligible
submissionEarly July
The Edgar Awardsearly reader, hardcover, middle grade, mystery, paperback, YAMystery Writers of AmericaEach spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. All books, short stories and television shows in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible for Edgar® Awards in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during the 2018 calendar year. Books from non-U.S. publishers are eligible if they are widely distributed in the U.S. and are readily available on the shelves in brick-and-mortar stores for the first time during 2018 (“Special order” titles would not qualify).submissionEarly December
Orbis Pictus AwardnonfictionNational Council of Teachers of EnglishThe NCTE Orbis Pictus Award® was established in 1989 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. Orbis Pictus commemorates the work of Johannes Amos Comenius, Orbis Pictus—The World in Pictures(1658), considered to be the first book actually planned for children. Members of the Orbis Pictus Award Committee select the award recipient and up to five honor books annually. Although only one title is singled out for the award each year, up to five honor books are also recognized. Eight additional recommended books can be named.nominationMid October
Charlotte Huck Awardgraphic novel, fiction, novel, picture bookNational Council of Teachers of EnglishThe NCTE Charlotte Huck Award® for Outstanding Fiction for Children was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. This award recognizes fiction that has the potential to transform children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder.nominationMid October
Charlotte Zolotow Award fiction, folklore, nonfiction, picture bookCooperative Children's Book Center, a children's literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-MadisonEach year a committee of children's literature experts selects the winner from the books published in the preceding year. The winner is announced in January each year. A bronze medallion is formally presented to the winning author in the spring during an annual public event that honors the career of Charlotte Zolotow.submission or nominationMid December
Heavy Medal AwardMock Newbery Award - Join us from September to January as we discuss all things Newbery: the history and purpose of the award, terms and criteria, possible contenders, and results of Mock Newbery discussions--including yours?
Book Covers We Lovecover, design, illustrationSpine MagazineIf you are a publisher or book cover creative and want the work of your art department reviewed by our panel, please be sure to get in touch with us!submissionOn going
Sydney Taylorearly reader, fiction, Jewish religion & culture, middle grade, nonfiction, picture book, YA,Association of Jewish LibrariesThe Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.submissionNovember 30
Talking Pictures: Selected Bookscomic book, design, graphic novel, picture bookThe New York Rights Fair, Hamelin Cultural AssociationSelected Books program will reveal a selection of notable books that offer an overview of excellence in design. Applicants will be judged by a panel of Publishers Weekly editors, Steven Guarnaccia, representatives from the Hamelin Cultural Association and BolognaFiere and special guest judges known for their visual art expertise. Three honorees and special mentions will be chosen in each category and will be discussed in depth during a panel at New York Rights Fair. These books will also be on display at the New York Rights Fair, raising their global visibility. Following the panel, a reception celebrating the honorees will take place.submissionFebruary 7
BOP - Bologna Prize Best Children's Publishers of the yearcreativity, cultural exchange, editorial choices, North America, publisherBologna Children’s Book FairThe Bologna Children’s Book Fair, in association with the Association of Italian Publishers, has announced the nominees for the seventh annual Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year. The award is given in recognition of publishing houses around the world that promote cultural and intellectual exchange through literature. The prize is offered in six geographic categories; there is a shortlist of five publishers in each category.nomination
Georgia Children's Book Awardschild-chosen, Georgia, literary merit, middle grade, picture bookCollege of Education - University of Georgiathe purpose of the Georgia Children's Book Awards is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia, and to introduce them to books of literary excellence. The award is given in two categories – picturebooks and middle grade novels. Books are nominated for the awards by teachers, media specialists, and other children's literature enthusiasts from the state of Georgia. The final lists of 20 nominees are selected by a committee of teachers, school media specialists, and public librarians (chaired by a member of the faculty from the Department of Language and Literacy Education).nominationthroughout the year
The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Awardpicture book, unpublished
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
This award is open to any SCBWI picture book writers who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last three years. The winner will receive a $1000 grant to encourage the development of an excellent picture book manuscript.submissionFebruary 1 - April 1
Phoenix Awardliterary merit, no previous awards, EnglishChildren's Literature AssociationThe Children's Literature Association, an organization of teachers, scholars, librarians, editors, writers, illustrators, and parents interested in encouraging the serious study of children's literature, created the Phoenix Award as an outgrowth of the Association's Touchstones Committee. The award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit, which never won award at the time publication, and which is still worthy of recognition. The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them.nominationongoing

Phoenix Picture Book Award
English, literary merit, no previous awards, picture bookChildren's Literature AssociationEstablished by the ChLA Board in 2010, the Phoenix Picture Book Award is a companion to the original Phoenix Award and recognizes a picture book published twenty years previously that did not win a major award at that time, but that the committee has determined to be of lasting value. The award is innovative, for unlike most picture book awards, it will honor not only the illustrator, but also the author (if they are two separate people). Books are considered not only for the quality of their illustrations, but for the way pictures and text work together to tell a story (whether fact or fiction). Wordless books are judged on the ability of the pictures alone to convey a story.nominationongoing
Astrid Lingren Memorial Award author, illustrator, InternationalALMA (Sweden)The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented every year. The award money is SEK 5 million, making it the largest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. The award total indicates that reading by children and young adults is extremely important. The total is also intended to inspire anyone involved in children's literature. The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters. The award may be presented to a single laureate or to several, regardless of language or nationality.nominationmid May
Heavy Medal, a Mock Newbery Blogchildren’s books, middle grade, picture booksSLJ/Heavy Medal Blog Not an award, but a blog that about the Newbery Award. Join us from September to January as we discuss all things Newbery: the history and purpose of the award, terms and criteria, possible contenders, and results of Mock Newbery discussions–including yours?Nomination by blog readerSeptember to January
OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovationcharity, distribution, literacyFirst BookFirst Book will award funding to the most innovative proposals from eligible applicants in 33 states.* Awardees will be able to select the books that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace (, First Book’s award-winning eCommerce platform, which curates relevant new, high quality books and ebooks. Through the OMG Books program, First Book aims to expand its reach and multiply its impact by infusing schools, programs, states, and communities with books to spark innovation and strengthen educators’ work with children in need and their families.submissionIn cycles, beginning in February, ending in August
Pitch Wars (Mentoring Contest)manuscript, middle grade, unpublished, YAPitch WarsPitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to mentor. Mentors read the entire manuscript and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for the agent showcase. The mentor also helps edit their mentee’s pitch for the contest and their query letter for submitting to agents. Mentors can participate solo or pair up and co-mentor. During the agent showcase, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their pitch and the first page of their manuscript. Last year, we had nearly sixty agents participate in the showcase. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. With the help of Pitch Wars 2016, more than 50 authors were offered representation with many snagging book deals shortly after the contest!submissionSeptember 25
South Dakota Children's Book Awardschild-chosen, currently in print, fiction, middle grade, nonfiction, picture book, regional: South DakotaSouth Dakota State LibraryThe annual awards nominations provide two booklists both fitting for instructional and recreational reading. Connections can be made between the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy across all content areas as well as reading for enjoyment. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota PreK, kindergarten, and first grade students. Prairie Bloom winner are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota fourth and fifth grade students. nomination/votingOctober 1 – April 1
Oklahoma Book Awardschildren, illustration, regional: Oklahoma, YAOklahoma Department of LibrariesAny individual, organization, or company may enter in any appropriate category.
Books considered for this award must have an Oklahoma-based theme, or entrants (authors, illustrators, or designers) must live or have lived in Oklahoma. A panel of judges will consider all entries. Judges will grant awards at their discretion. Panel members represent a range of expertise in the writing and publishing fields covered by the award categories. Entries in all categories (except the design/illustration category) are principally judged on the quality of writing, with organization and interpretation also playing a role in the decision.
submissionJanuary 10th (books published in the previous year)
SCIBA BOOK AWARDSmiddle grade, picture book, YASouthern California Booksellers AssociationSCIBA’s award recipients are the best in their category, loved by Southern California Independent booksellers & represent the incredible literary talent in Southern California. (*Note, since Independent Booksellers are voting, it is best that the book be available to sell in an Independent Bookstore. Thus, a proprietary e-book will not be considered. PLEASE NOTE THAT A PROPRIETARY E-BOOK TITLE WILL BE DELETED)nominationJune 30
Texas Bluebonnet Awardchild-chosen, Texas Library AssociationEach year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title.The TBA selection committee is responsible for the selection of the books on each year’s master list. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of twenty books is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in November. nominationThe Master List for the upcoming school year is announced each year at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.
Lambda Literary Awardchildren, graphic novel, LGBTQ, YALambda LiteraryLambda Literary Award submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives. The Lammys event brings together attendees to celebrate excellence in LGBTQ publishing. Because a book may be submitted to only one category, it is very important that you read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your book is eligible for consideration and that you are submitting it to the proper Lammy category.submissionDecember 1