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Drawing Contest from Autodesk

If you’re age 13 to 24 and have a iOS, a android device, Mac or PC then you’re halfway to winning some fabulous prizes from Autodesk. Download the free Autodesk SketchBook Express app for your device of choice, then the only thing left to do is tell “My Story” using the SketchBook Express app. If this sounds like a good idea to you then join the “Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition. Your story could be pretty much anything. A character you created. A moment in your life or something that symbolizes your culture. It sounds pretty wide-open to me.

If your image is selected by the judges Autodesk is offering some nice prizes. The prizes range from a Wacom drawing tablet, $2000 worth of art classes from Schoolism or have your work critiqued by Bobby Chiu. So who can enter? You must be 13 to 24 years of age and be a resident of one of the countries where the competition is available. For the rest of the official rules visit the contests page. The contest ends July 31. So you have around a hundred days left to get your Image submitted. Best of luck to you youngsters.

Reminder- 2014 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market Pre-Order

If you are serious about breaking into the Children’s Book Industry there’s a book that comes out yearly that you definitely need to add to your library. The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.

The new 2014 Edition will be released in September so be sure to pre-purchase it.


So, why should you pick this book up? Why is it “Essential”?

Every year this series of books does a fantastic job of listing and categorizing multiple publishers, magazines and agents that have some level of involvement in the Children’s Market.

They go through contact information, the markets that the publisher specializes in, their submission requirements, the number of projects, writer and illustrators that they work with on a yearly basis as well as their payment terms.

Also included are a number of articles from other professionals that give tips, tricks and experiences within the industry.

This book is a great and inexpensive starting place for anyone looking to break into the industry. This book is essential to creating your first mailing list and determining the proper way to approach each publisher you are considering. If you have a mailing list established, this book is a great way to update your mailing lists with new publishers and update contact info for older ones.

So don’t forget to hop onto Amazon and reserve your copy now! Or drop by your local library to check out older issues that may be available to get an idea of the series before purchasing!

This book will also be included in the prize offerings of our fan contest! Check here for info about the contest and to make sure you qualify for consideration!

Contest – Lee and Low Books New Voices Award Time to Submit

Lee and Low Books sponsors a yearly contest for up and coming Children’s Book writers of color, The New Voices Award.

About the Award

LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD. The Award will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash grant of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions that we have published include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and Bird, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Cooperative Children’s Book Center “Choices” selection.

Manuscripts will be accepted from May 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013, and must be postmarked within that period.

For more information and to find out about past winners follow the link.


2013 SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Winners

crystalkite2013The SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards recognize great books from the 70 SCBWI regions around the world. Each regional chapter was assigned to one of 15 divisions and the membership in each division voted for their favorite book published by an SCBWI member that year. “The SCBWI is pleased to reward excellence in children’s books,” President Stephen Mooser stated.  “These awards honor authors from our many regions and help bring worthy books into the spotlight.”

The Crystal Kite Awards are a regional complement of the annual SCBWI Golden Kite Award which are given in 4 children’s literature categories. Both awards are unique as they are chosen by other writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers. “Like the Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kites are selected by peers—authors and artists working in the children’s book field,” SCBWI Executive Director Lin Oliver commented.  “That makes them unique and especially satisfying to receive.”

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Neil Malherbe
The Magyar Conspiracy
Tafelberg Publishers

Australia/New Zealand
Meg McKinley(author)
Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Illustrator)
Ten Tiny Things
Fremantle Press

Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan
Harper Collins
glory be
Augusta Scattergood
Glory Be
the dark unwindng
Sharon Cameron
The Dark Unwinding
Middle East/India/Asia
Benjamin Martin
Samurai Awakening
Tuttle Publishing


Aaron Reynolds(Author)
Peter Brown (Illustrator)
Creepy Carrots 
Simon & Schuster


Jean Reagan
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Alfred A. Knopf
New England

Jo Knowles
See You At Harry’s
Candlewick Press
New York

Kate Messner
Capture the Flag

Ame Dyckman (Author)
Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)
Alfred A. Knopf

Lynne Kelly
Farrar, Strauss, Giraud

Jennifer Lantheir
The Stamp Collector 
Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Dave Cousins
Fifteen Days without a Head 
Oxford University Press

Kim Baker(Author)
Tim Prophet(Illustrator)
Roaring Brook Press

Contest-Undiscovered Voices for EU Illustrators or Writers


So many illustration/writing contests are limited to only being able to be entered by U.S residents. How awesome it was to find a new contest for any current European SCBWI members who are not currently represented by an agent or published.

Welcome to Undiscovered Voices 2014!

Undiscovered Voices is a competition for unpublished and un-agented writers and illustrators living in the EU.

In partnership with SCBWI British Isles and Working Partners.

Open for entries: 1st July to 15th August 2013

Illustrator Criteria

The anthology will present a selection of children’s illustration pieces and be sent to art directors, agents and editors in the UK. The anthology is being produced thanks to the kind support of Working Partners Ltd.

This year we’re asking artists to illustrate one of five story starters from past Undiscovered Voices writers – Maureen Lynas, Paula Rawsthorne, Steve Hartley, Sarwat Chadda and Sara Grant. We are grateful to these authors for providing original work to inspire entrants.

Writer Criteria

The anthology will present a selection of novel extracts from 5+ to Young Adult novels and be sent to editors and agents in the UK. The anthology is produced thanks to the kind support of Working Partners Ltd. To submit your written extract, please read the following eligibility criteria, rules and information, and then go here to fill in the online submission form and upload your entry.

For more info on how to enter the contest please follow the link.

Richard Solomon’s Breakthrough Artist Contest Open to Submissions

Richard Solomon Artists Representative
We have featured this contest before. It’s become a yearly opportunity for new artists and students to be introduced to the publishing world through the guidance of one of the most influential and successful commercial art reps in our industry.Check here for more details!
SUBMIT:– Up to 5 portfolio images representative of your work
Tips and pointers
PRIZE:– All Expense paid round trip to NYC
– Commemorative award
– Meet art directors and artists

– Must be over 18 years old with less than 5 years professional experience
– Must be under 30 years old, OR a full-time student under 35 years old


Spectrum judging: A peek behind the curtain. Gold and Silver Nominees!

Spectrum 20 poster

Spectrum is an annual competition meant to highlight the best of the best Illustration within the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Publishing genre. This year they had more than 6000 entries!

Take a look at the video to get an idea of how they set up judging. Massive isn’t it! For more info on the judging process check here!

The next video highlights the pieces in current consideration for Gold and silver Awards in their respective categories. Be sure to give the artists congrats for their nominations and take some time to look them up and check out their websites and portfolios!

Expose’ 11 Call for Entries now open!!


Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce EXPOSÉ 11, the eleventh edition of the premier annual artbook, which celebrates the creative talents of digital artists worldwide. These books sit in the collections of many top Game and Film studios – your next employer may be looking at your images in the near future!
Submissions Are Now Open!

Call For Entries – Ballistic Publishing is now calling on artists to submit digital images for consideration in EXPOSÉ 11.

We are interested in digitally-created fine art, whether it be 2D or 3D, for commercial use, or personal satisfaction.

As with all Ballistic Publishing showcase publications, artists with work published in EXPOSÉ 11 will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will enjoy worldwide exposure in the premier collection of digitally-created artwork to ever be published.

There is no entry cost nor limit to the amount of artwork you submit.


EXPOSÉ 11, Entry Deadline:
28 March 2013, Midnight GMT

For more contest details and submission information
follow this link.

Do not submit to us. We are just relaying the information to our readers. We are not running the contest!

Contest-Design a new Character for Darkstalkers game!

morrigan drakstalkers

Time to get out your pens and pencils and test out those character design skils of yours!!


Darkstalkers Resurrection, coming early 2013, has one of the most unique and creative casts in gaming, as they are all based on classic monster types, from vampires to werewolves and even succubi! Now is your chance to try your hand at designing your own hypothetical Darkstalker character!

Entries are very open-ended. While there are a few basics we’d like you to include, you can expand as much as you like. Do you have movesets? Win quotes? You can even attach artwork of your character to your entry email!

Winners will be chosen based on the uniqueness of their design, the ability to make their monster type fit in with their fighting style, and generally how cool the character is. And if yours is selected as the top idea, your character will be immortalized in an art piece by Darkstalkers Resurrection artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

What we’re looking for:

  • A unique Darkstalker character concept based on an existing monster type, be it from horror movies, folklore, mythology, etc.
  • A set of basic information, including name, physical description, fighting type, etc. (See below)
  • Additional information and assets are optional, but gladly accepted. This can be either included in your entry email directly, or as an attachment.
  • You can collaborate with other fans in groups of up to three.


Prizes Include:

  • Grand Prize – A custom made drawing of your character by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, the artist for Darkstalkers Resurrection, along with one copy of the UDON Darkstalkers Tribute art book and one copy of Pop Culture Shock’s Lord Raptor statue.
  • 2nd-3rd Place – One copy of Pop Culture Shock’s Lord Raptor statue
  • 4th-8th Place – One copy of the Darkstalkers Tribute art book by UDON.


Submissions will end 11:59 PM PST on January 20, 2013.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation New Illustrator Award-Deadline Approaching!!

Ezra Keats New Illustrator Award

This award, made possible through the generous support of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, will be given for distinguished artwork that creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story or text. The award will be given for illustration of a picture book that is rendered in the tradition of Ezra Jack Keats that:

  • Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family
  • Reflects the multicultural nature of our world
  • Unifies illustrations and text (if present)
  • Avoids stereotypes
  • Is respectful of the child’s intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity and love of learning

The illustrations:
Demonstrate excellent command of the chosen medium
Display freshness and originality in style and/or form of artistic expression

The intent of the New Illustrator Award is to identify and encourage early talent. To be eligible the illustrator will have no more than three children’s books previously published.
Books that have not already received awards will be given preference.
No books by committee members or their immediate families will be considered.

To be eligible books must have a 2012 copyright date. Entries may be sent at any time during the year prior to the deadline of December 31, 2012.

A cash award of $1,000 coupled with the esteemed Ezra Jack Keats medallion inscribed with the recipient’s name will be presented to the winning author at the Keats Awards Celebration. The celebration will be held at the University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Dr., Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Further, a handsome gold seal with the image of Peter in a red snow suit from The Snowy Day is available to the publisher to affix to copies of the book. The Foundation expects that the winning book will carry the seal.

The publishers are asked to:

  • Be sure the books submitted meet the above criteria
  • Ensure and underwrite the appearance of the winning illustrator at the award presentation, along with the editor and publishing house representative
  • Agree to display the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award seal on the winning book
  • Send a copy of each entry to all of the members of the committee

Send a copy of each entry to all of the members of the committee(Please email either or Isaac.Hudgins@usm.edufor a list of the committee members and their addresses)Deadline for entries will be December 31, 2012. Selection will take place in February 2013. The award presentation will be in April 2013.

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