SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

OFFICIAL RULES WRITING CONTEST

General Information:

1.     You MAY submit ONE manuscript to the Writing Contest and ONE piece of art to the Art Contest — these are separate contests.

2.     Entries LIMITED TO ONE (1) original, unpublished, un-agented, un-contracted ENTRY per person.

3.     Entries received outside the submission period or not in accordance with the Official Rules will be deleted.

4.     Entries must be RECEIVED (TIME-STAMPED) between February 1 at 12:01 AM and February 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

It is a contest rule

that memberships due to expire before June 30 of the contest year

must be renewed before entering the contest.

To Submit Your Entry:

  • Entries MUST BE SUBMITTED in as Portable Document Format (PDF). A downloadable, viewable file which can be saved with a new file name upon receipt/download 
  • PDF includes ONE (1) copy of the entry
  • DO NOT

o   Provide Genre, i.e., fantasy, sci-fi, historical

o   Provide total number of words for the manuscript

  • CONTEST CATEGORIES INCLUDE FICTION/NONFICTION ENTRIES. 

o   Illustrated Picture Books: Poems [no more than four, must be related] & Picture Books, no illustrations, up to 800 words.

§  Mark your entry PB. If nonfiction, please mark PBNF. 

§  We include Chapter Books in Illustrated Picture Book category. Mark CB

o   Novels: Middle Grade or Young Adult —up to 800 words.

§  Mark your entry MG or YA. If nonfiction mark either MGNF or YANF

All Entries are submitted via email to the Contest Coordinators at: scbwicarolinascontest@gmail.com

Your entry name MUST correspond to your membership name

Your entry email MUST correspond to your membership email

Subject Line: LastName_FirstName_TITLE_Category,

a.     i.e., Austin_Jane_PRIDE & PREJUDICE_YA

In the body of the email provide:

a.     Your LastName, FirstName

b.     Email contact

c.     Title of work, and contest category ONLY

 Attach ONE PDF, file labeled: LastName_FirstName_TITLE_CATEGORY

a.      i.e., Austin_Jane_PRIDE & PREJUDICE_YA

Entry Format

a)     All entries MUST BE IN manuscript format: 12-point type, Times New Roman, double-spaced; one-inch margins (sides and bottom).  

b)     In the top right header FIRST PAGE MUST HAVE TITLE_CATEGORY

a.     , i.e., PRIDE & PREJUDICE_YA

c)      In the top right header All OTHER PAGES MUST INCLUDE TITLE_CATEGORY_PAGE NUMBER,

a.     i.e., PRIDE & PREJUDICE_YA_2

d)    ALL PAGES MUST BE VOID of writer identification and contact information.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE OF A SUBMISSION.

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE OF PROPER SPACING.

Notification:

The contest winners, first, second and third place, receive a formal letter sent USPS, announcing their win. The first place winners are provided the appropriate coupon to register for the conference without charge. Second and third place winners will receive a free critique with the faculty member of their choice and are provided the appropriate coupon to register for a critique without charge 

Scoring sheets will be returned during the month of July via the contest email: scbwicarolinascontest@gmail.com