If you’ve published your book with a small publisher or with an independent publisher, there are places you can submit your book for an award. Check out the following awards and see if your book qualifies for entry!
I submitted my book, America’s Black Founders to the New England Book Festival and it won honorable mention, so I was very pleased!
Here is a list of award sites for your children’s book if it is published by a traditional publisher. Most of these awards MUST receive your book the exact same year your book was published, and some require summer submissions of your galleys even if you book is published in the fall. Check submissions deadlines carefully.
If you find any link that no longer works, please let me know at email@example.com. The links change frequently because the submissions guidelines are updated each year. Try just deleting everything in the url to the link except the .com and see if you can access the home page for the site. If so, then search on that site for the particular award submission guidelines. Best wishes on your book!
Check deadlines as dates may change from year to year.
ASAP during same year your book is published:
Bankstreet Book Awards (Josette Frank Award, Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, Claudia Lewis Award)
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
Children’s Literature Assembly Notable Children’s Books
Michael L. Printz Award
School Library Journal reviews your book, then posts a Best Books of each year in December
Skipping Stones Honors List
VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates
Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award (Submit June through Sept 1)
NAPPA: National Parenting Publications Awards
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Texas Bluebonnet Award
USA Book News “Best Book” Awards
For another list of award sites compiled by VOYA, click here.
State Reading Lists or Awards
For a comprehensive list, Cynthia Leitich Smith has compiled a great list of state reading lists on her Official Author Site. Check it out!