Thursday, October 27, 2011

Calling unpublished CT children's authors and illustrators

Are you an unpublished writer or illustrator of children’s books? Have you dreamed of a chance to have your writing or portfolios reviewed by a literary agent or book publisher? Then here's an amazing opportunity for you.

The Shoreline Arts Alliance is presenting the twelfth annual New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards competition. This contest affords unpublished authors and illustrators of children’s books the opportunity to have manuscripts and portfolios reviewed by literary agents and possibly by editors and art directors at some of the major publishing houses for children’s literature.

The New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards is a Connecticut statewide, juried competition opened to writers and illustrators who are not published or under contract for publication. Categories are: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (author and illustrator must be same person), Illustrator’s Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult/Teen Novel.

All submissions for this year’s contest must be postmarked by February 3, 2012.

As if the contest is not enough, The Shoreline Arts Alliance will also be offering FREE workshops in preparation for this year’s contest. The facilitators will review the submission guidelines and the current industry standards and provide insight and answer questions related to getting your work "out there" to literary agents and publishers. Workshops are in the following locations:
November 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm,New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven
November 29, 7 – 9pm, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
December 1, 7 – 9pm, Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield

Please visit or contact the office at (203) 453-3890 for 2011 Call for Entry and guidelines or for additional information or questions on preparing manuscripts and portfolios for submission. And GOOD LUCK!


  1. Wow! This is a great opportunity for authors and illustrators. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think so too, Kristi! Hopefully some writers will take advantage of this opportunity!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I am a self-published author/illustrator. Does that disqualify me from entering this contest?