Do you want people to notice your book?
Not just because you'll sell more - though that would be nice - but also because you've put a ton of work into it. You want to get it into kids' hands so they can enjoy it.
And more than work, you've put a ton of love into it.
Maybe your illustrator has, too?
Doesn't his or her work deserve recognition, too? (Or your own if you're the illustrator.)
Are you fearless enough to toot your own book’s horn? I hope so.
But most book awards are for the text of the book only. What about those visuals???
In a children's picture book, they're supposed to carry half the weight of telling the story, yet they get so much less than half the recognition.
Most children's book contests miss this important point. Here are four contests you'll love because they reward great art and illustration... along with one I hope you have. (Plus, keep scrolling for a bonus contest.)
1. INKed 2016 CALENDAR COMPETITION
This one's not specifically for kids’ illustrators, but it is open to anyone with a great sense of what you can do with ink on a page. There's no cash prize, but this is a legit opportunity to get featured in a terrific calendar full of illustrations by talented artists all over the world.