Places to Submit Your Book for Awards

CLICK HERE to see some of the awards my books have won.

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!

Beach Book Festival
DIY Book Festival
Great Northwest Book Festival
Hollywood Book Festival
London Book Festival
Los Angeles Book Festival
New England Book Festival
San Francisco Book Festival

And if you self-published your book, CLICK HERE to see an awesome list of places you can submit it to for awards.

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 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!

Deadline Dates
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
Jefferson Cup
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

Parents’ Choice Awards
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice award

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award (Submit June through Sept 1)
NAPPA: National Parenting Publications Awards
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

IRA Teachers’ Choices
Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choices for the Family

Texas Bluebonnet Award

USA Book News “Best Book” Awards

John Burroughs Medal
Pulitzer Prize (letters/books)

The Christopher Awards
YALSA Nonfiction for Young Adults

ALSC awards
Caldecott Medal
California Book Awards
Jane Addams Book Award
John Newbery Award
SCBWI Golden Kite Award
Robert F. Sibert Informational

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!

Here are some other awards of note:
California Collections
Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award

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