All entries must be the contestant’s original, unpublished work.


What is the Central Valley Young Writer’s Prize?
Who can enter?
What are the different categories?
What are the different age/grade divisions for each category?
Can my child enter in more than one category?
Is there a specific topic?
Are there other guidelines and restrictions?
When can we register?
What is the contest deadline?
How do I download and/or submit a registration form?
Who will be judging?
What are the prizes?
When will I know who the winners are?


What is the Central Valley Young Writer’s Prize?
An annual writing and illustration contest for school-age children in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare California.

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Who can enter?
Contest is open to all students, grades 3-12, residing in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties.

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What are the different categories?

  1. Fiction
  2. Non-Fiction
  3. Poetry
  4. Illustration

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What are the different age/grade divisions for each category?

  • Writing
    • Grades 3-5 1,000 word maximum (roughly 2 pages)
    • Grades 6-8 2,500 word maximum (about 5 pages)
    • Grades 9-12 5,000 word maximum (about 10 pages)
  • Illustration
    • Grades 3-5 Illustration size min 2″ x 2″; max 8″ x 11″
    • Grades 6-8 Illustration size min 2″ x 2″; max 8″ x 11″
    • Grades 9-12 Illustration size min 2″ x 2″; max 8″ x 11″

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Can my child enter in more than one category?
Absolutely! Each applicant can submit multiple entries, but an entry may be submitted under only 1 category, and can not be considered for multiple categories.
(Ex: you can submit multiple different stories into Fiction, or multiple pictures or picture books into Illustrations, but you can not enter the same picture book into Fiction and Illustration.)

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Is there a specific topic?
The theme of the contest is “BOOKS”. Entries in any category should relate to books in some manner. A few examples are: What would happen if you fell into a book or illustration, if books could fly, or if books grew like plants; Write a biography about an author or illustrator; extend the life experiences of your favorite story character; What would you do if the librarian was secretly a monster, fairy godmother, or ghost?

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Are there other guidelines and restrictions?

  • All writing submissions must be in English. (Use of other languages is fine, as long as it is minimal and fits into the story)
  • Submissions must be typed (double-spaced, 12 point font).
  • Writing (Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry) entries must be submitted electronically through the Submissions page on our website.
  • Submissions will be judged based on originality, writing quality, and relevance to theme. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation will also be considered.

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When can we register?
Registration for the 2016 contest will begin on April 1st, 2016!

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What is the contest deadline?
All entries must be submitted, either in person (for Illustrations) or electronically (for anything written), before 5:00pm (PST) on Saturday, May 14, 2015. Late entries will not be accepted or submitted for judging.

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How do I download and/or submit a registration form?
You can download Entry Forms and Permissions Forms from the “Downloads” page. The forms will need to be downloaded, filled out, SAVED, and electronically submitted along with the child’s original work on the “Submit Entry” page.

  • All writing entries must be submitted electronically, in an editable format, through www.wildaboutbooks.org. Submitting a hard copy that has to be retyped by the contest staff will result in a point penalty.
  • IF you submit a hard copy, it must be turned in at A Book Barn, and include the following:
    1. TWO Title Pages
      1. One with title and entrant’s name.
      2. One with JUST the title.
    2. An official Contest Entry / Permission Form (Forms can be downloaded here or picked up at A Book Barn)

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Who will be judging?
All judging will be anonymous. The judges are people who are experts in their field, avid proponents of art and literature, and have helped support Wild About Books since its inception. The decision of the judges is final and cannot be contested.

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What are the prizes?
Each category, in each division:

  • 1st Place – $50
  • 2 Honor Prizes – $25 each.
  • There will be a Grande Prize per division of $100.

So the prize structure will look like, for a total of 12 awards per age division (36 total, plus the three Grand Prize winners):

  • Grades 3-5
    • Fiction: 1st Place
    • Fiction: Honor
    • Fiction: Honor
    • Non-Fiction: 1st Place
    • Non-Fiction: Honor
    • Non-Fiction: Honor
    • Poetry: 1st Place
    • Poetry: Honor
    • Poetry: Honor
    • Illustration: 1st Place
    • Illustration: Honor
    • Illustration: Honor

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When will I know who the winners are?
All award submissions will be published in an anthology to be debuted at an awards ceremony in early December, 2016. Winners will be notified by September 1, 2016. Future publishing rights will remain the property of the individual authors. Contest reserves editing rights. Each winner will receive one copy of the anthology.

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