Shoreline Arts Alliance

2015 Call for Entry click here.



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Tassy Walden Awards competition encourages and nurtures the creation of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators.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 Tuesday, May 27 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 Call For Entry 2015

Frequently Asked Questions
Download "Getting Started" Tip Sheet
Download "Helpful Tips" for Illustrators
Download Tassy Walden Award Sample Manuscript Pages

For more information please email questions to


Each year workshops are offered in locations around Connecticut. These workshops are open to the public and free to attend and are facilitated by published children's authors and illustrators and award winners of the New Voices in Children's Literature competition. The workshops provide potential entrants with guidance in preparing Tassy Walden Award submissions according to the entry requirements; provide insight into the standards of the children's book publishing industry; and answer questions about this field and writing and illustrating for an audience of children. Workshops for the 2015 competition are scheduled on:

Wednesday, November 12, 6-7:30pm @ Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford

Thursday, November 13, 6-7:30pm @ Guilford Public Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford

Tuesday, December 2, 6-7:30pm @ Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton

Workshops are FREE but we request an RSVP to to be sure we have adequate number of handouts. Please indicate in your email which workshop you will be attending.

2014 Awards Reception: May 27, 2014 at 7pm - James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT. All are invited!!

Click here for the 2014 Winners & Finalists

2014 New Voices in Children's Literature; Tassy Walden Award Sponsors: Jack & Helen Davis, The Walden Family, Susan & John Wieland.

2014 Donors: Doe & Tom Boyle, Leslie Cahill, Leslie Connor, Pamela Farley, Pamela Foarde, Miriam Giskin, Barbara Gold, Tracy Grigg, Thea & John Guidone, Leslie Bulion & Rubin Hirsch, Lorraine Jay, Mary-Kelly Busch & Daniel Picchioni, Meira Rosenberg, A. Harris Stone

Published Tassy Award Winners & Finalists:

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, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Rolandas Kiaulevicius,Amanda Marrone, Marilyn Taylor McDowell, Nina Nelson, Steven Parlato, Martha Seif Simpson, Jane Sutcliffe, Cat Urbain.

The following winners or finalists have self-published their award-winning submission: J.M. Datillo, Cheryl Kling, Jason Marchi,.         







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