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New Voices in Children's Literature: Tassy Walden Awards competition encourages and nurtures the creation of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators. Judges may present a $250 prize to a winner in each of five categories: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (art and text), Children's Book Illustrator Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel, and Young Adult/Teen Novel.
All submissions to the New Voices in Children's Literature competition must adhere to the entry requirements posted below and are evaluated according to children's book publishing standards in a two-tier process. First, nationally recognized literary agents select submission finalists in each award category. Second, acclaimed editors determine, at their discretion, awardees and honorable mention recognition. Each year, the names of finalists and awardees will be posted on this website as soon as they are announced by the judges.A reception will be held at the James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7pm. All are invited to join us as we honor the finalists and present the awards, as determined by the judges.
New Voices in Children's Literature: Tassy Walden Awards are judged on the basis of literary and/or artistic merit and quality. Awards are not for didactic intent nor for popularity. In evaluating submissions, judges consider excellence achieved among the following areas: For Writers: Establishment of the theme; plot development; character development; depiction of setting; suitability of material for a child audience; overall presentation, including clarity, accuracy, and organization of material.For Illustrators: Artistic technique; ability to convey story, theme, characters, plot, information, setting, and mood through pictures; suitability of style of illustration for a child audience.The following forms are available to download:
Guidelines and Submission Form 2017
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Download "Getting Started" Tip Sheet
Download "Helpful Tips" for Illustrators
Download Tassy Walden Award Sample Manuscript Pages
For more information please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of Tassy award winning writers and illustrators now published or under contract for publication.
Alice C. Bauer, Leslie Bulion, Leslie Connor, Maggie Dana, Stacy DeKeyser, Betsy Devany, Frank Dormer, Julia Denos, Deborah Freedman, Thea Guidone, Karen Fortunati,
Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rolandas Kiaulevicius, Amanda Marrone, Marilyn Taylor McDowell, Nina Nelson, Steven Parlato, Martha Seif Simpson, Jane Sutcliffe, Nancy Tandon,
Cat Urbain, Brenna Burns-Yu.
The following winners or finalists have self-published their award-winning submission: J.M. Datillo, Cheryl Kling, Jason Marchi.