must be written in picture book format for both Fiction and Nonfiction
- Make sure
the text complements the artwork.
- Keep text
pages separate from illustration pages. The text and illustrations
will be combined in the pre-printing stage for the winning books.
See format for submissions below.
- Before mailing
your submission, make sure the pages of your book are in the proper
order and number the pages lightly on the back.
Format for Submissions
- Do not use
licensed characters, trademarked, or brand-name items. (Mickey
Mouse, Snickers, McDonald's, etc.). The right to use such names
is protected by law.
- You can
create artwork using, paints, inks, crayons, markers, original
computer graphics, cut paper, and print processes such as linoleum
block, silk screen, sponge painting, potato stamping, etc.
- To maintain
a constant look, it is best not to use too many different artwork
- Use bright,
vibrant colors and bold lines to create reproducible illustrations
that make a strong overall impression. In general, pencil drawings
are not recommended.
- Create illustrations
that fill most of the page by centering and enlarging the subject
or including an appropriate background.
making use of contrast in the artwork to create surprise and add
life to pictures. Put dark colors next to light colors, thin lines
next to thick lines, or use sharply contrasting figures.
In order for your entry to be submitted into the contest, you must
follow the required format for entries.
Steps to Organize and Submit Your Entry
- All entries must contain illustrated artwork and be received in its original
- Three-dimensional artwork (pop-ups, flaps, movable parts, plasticine, etc.) will
not be accepted.
- Artwork may be computer generated only if it is the students' original
- Use one side of the page only. Keep text separate from illustrated artwork.
- Artwork and text must be separate. A mock-up should also be included.
- Text may be typed, computer generated, or handwritten.
- Both text and artwork must be the sole creation of the students.
- Based on
your design, use either 8 ˝" x 11" or 9" x 12" paper (we recommend
that you submit your illustrations on quality paper or construction
- Do not staple, laminate, or bind the book.
- Organize original artwork in page order (mark page number on
back) and place in a folder or envelope. Do not bind the pages.
- Organize text pages in page order and number on the back to
correspond with illustration page. Place in a folder or envelope.
Do not bind the pages.
- Provide cover art and a dedication page, if desired. These
will not be counted as part of the page count.
- A mock-up is intended to show how you want your book to look
in its final form. Use photocopies of your original artwork and
text to create your mock-up. Photocopies may be in black and white
or color. Place bound mock-up in a folder or envelope.
- Include the completed Entry
- Send all of the above in a sturdy folder or box to the address
listed on the entry form.
Each entry must be submitted separately following the above steps.
Remember that the entry should be the students' work only. Try to limit inserting your opinions. Your role is to offer guidance, mediate, and provide instruction and examples of story elements, such as plot, theme, character development, and setting.
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