5 Children’s Writing Contests

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Here are 5 writing contests open to those of you who write for children.

Highlights Fiction Contest
The category for the Highlights Fiction Contest is fiction involving an embarrassing moment. Stories must be under 750 words or 475 for an easy reader.  There are 3 $1000 prizes.  The deadline is January 31, 2011.  For contest rules, click here.

Children’s Writer – Kindergarten Story Writing Contest
A fictional story or nonfiction about family life or school for ages 5-6 up to 150 words.  Grand prize is $500. Deadline is February 28, 2011.  Free to enter for subscribers. $15 for non-subscribers. Contest rules can be found on the Children’s Writer website.

Writers Digest – Writing Competition
Among other categories, Writers Digest hands out award for best children’s/YA story.  Entries are limited to 2000 words.  Grand Prize is $3000. Deadline is May 2, 2011. $25 entry fee.  Click here for contest rules.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Barbara Karlin Grant
This is technically a grant, but because you have to submit your work, I have included it in this post.  One picture book manuscript per applicant may be submitted. The text may be an original story, work of nonfiction, or a re-telling or adaptation of a fairytale, folktale or legend.  The grant is for $1500 and $500 for the runner-up.  Submit application between February 15th and March 15th.  Open to SCBWI members.  Free to enter.  Information on this and other SCBWI Grants can be found on the SCBWI website.

Writers-Editors Network
Children’s Division -Unpublished or self-published Short Story/Nonfiction Article/Book Chapter/Poem (judged together as one category).  Prizes are $100/$75/$50.  Entry fee is $5 for members/$10 for non-members for entries up to 3000 words.  See website for contest rules.

Have you won any of these contests before?  Have you won other contests?  I would love to hear from you.

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