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Tassy Walden Awards competition encourages and nurtures the creation of exceptional quality books for children by unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators.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 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:
Each year workshop(s) are offered in locations around Connecticut. The workshop(s) 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 workshop(s) 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 are being scheduled. Check back for workshop dates to support the 2017 competition.