Rules & Entry Form
This contest is open to students in grades K-8 in United States and U.S. International schools. Students must develop
their entries in groups of three or more under the supervision of
an adult who acts as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator
assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and
provides constructive criticism and general guidance. The story
and illustrations must be the students' work.
All entries must be illustrated in picture book format. Text may
be typed, computer generated, or handwritten. Both text and artwork
must be the sole creation of the students. The Project Coordinator
provides only constructive criticism and general guidance.
Artwork must be received in its original format. Based on your design,
use either 8 ˝" x 11" or 9" x 12" paper. We recommend that you submit
your illustrations on art quality paper or construction paper. 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 creation. Do not use clipart.
Artwork and text should be submitted separately. Do not bind pages.
Provide a mock-up of the way the text and artwork should relate
to each other in your finished book using photocopies of your artwork.
Mock-ups may be bound. Please provide cover art and a dedication
page if desired. These will not be counted as part of the page count.
Each entry must fit into one of the following categories:
- Fiction 21-29 pages*, in picture book format
- Nonfiction 21-29 pages*, in picture book format
- Going Green 21-29 pages*, in picture book format
There will be
one Grand Prize Winner selected from each category. A total of 25
Honorable Mentions will be named as well.
*Text on illustration page equals one page. Text facing illustration
equals two pages.
Contest submissions will be judged on originality, content, overall
appeal to children, quality of artwork, and compatibility of text
and illustrations. The panel of judges, selected by Scholastic Book
Fairs, includes professionals in the fields of publishing, business,
education, art, and literature.
Entry Process and Deadline
Each entry must be accompanied by an
Entry Form (PDF).
The Entry Form
may be photocopied and attached for additional student names and
signatures. IMPORTANT: The signatures of the Project Coordinator,
Principal, and all Parents or Guardians of participating students
must be on the Entry Form (or a photocopy of it). Please do not
prepare your own release form.
All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2008 to be eligible
for the 2008 Competition.
From the time of submission, entries become the property of Scholastic
Book Fairs and will not be returned. Entrants will receive a letter
of acknowledgement and a certificate of participation. Winners will
be announced by May 31st.
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