The National Association of Elementary School Principals is looking to launch an aspiring picture book or chapter book writer, and even published author’s careers. Charlesbridge Publishing, a leading independent publisher from Boston, and the NAESP have partnered for this contest.
Here’s how it works: Prospective authors may choose to submit a picture book or a chapter book written for children from 3-16 years of age.
Manuscripts must be in English text only. The publisher will identify an illustrator after the manuscript is approved.
ENTRY FEE: $45 – each additional entries can be sent for only $25. DEADLINE: January 16, 2012. Judging will be based on content, originality,and age-appropriateness. Two winners will be announced March 23, 2012 at the NAESP 2012 Annual Convention in Seattle.
Entries must be sent with a check or credit card information to the NAESP Foundation, Attn: National Children’s Book of the Year Contest, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
No e-mail entries will be accepted.
Check out www.naesp.org if you would like more information about the National Book Award Contest. There is a link on the NAESP site to a PDF entry form and information.
Due to the large volume of entries, manuscripts cannot be returned. Two winners—one for a children’s picture book and one for a children’s chapter book—will be selected, published by Charlesbridge and endorsed by the NAESP and their principals—who will announce and promote it to their 30,000 members, as well as teachers and students.