New Voice’s in Children’s Literature: 19th Annual Tassy Walden Awards offers FREE Workshop to Prepar

Are you an unpublished writer or illustrator of children’s books? Have you dreamed of a chance to have your writing or portfolios reviewed by a literary agent or book publisher?

Shoreline Arts Alliance is presenting the nineteenth annual New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards competition. This contest affords unpublished Connecticut authors and illustrators of children’s books the opportunity to have manuscripts and portfolios reviewed by literary agents and possibly by editors and art directors at some of the major publishing houses for children’s literature.

The New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Awards is a Connecticut statewide, juried competition opened to Children’s Literature writers and illustrators who are not published or under contract for publication. Categories are: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (author and illustrator must be same person), Children’s Book Illustrator Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult/Teen Novel. All submitted works that meet the contest guidelines will be sent to literary agents for the first tier of judging. Works deemed outstanding will then be sent on to publishers and editors at major publishing houses for children’s literature. All submissions for this year’s contest must be postmarked by February 1, 2019. Call for Entry may be downloaded at

Shoreline Arts Alliance will also be offering a FREE workshop in preparation for this year’s contest. Workshops are facilitated by founding members of the Tassy Walden Awards committee and by winners and finalists of the New Voices in Children’s Literature competition, many of whom are now published or under contract for publication. The facilitators will review the submission guidelines and the current industry standards and provide insight and answer questions related to getting your work "out there" to literary agents and publishers. Reservations are requested to ensure adequate number of handouts and entry forms and can be made via email to or by phone at 203-453-3890. Workshop is scheduled to be November 20, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm at the Guilford Free Library in Guilford, CT.

Visit or contact the office at (203) 453-3890 for 2019 Entry Form and guidelines or for additional information or questions on preparing manuscripts and portfolios for submission.

ABOUT Shoreline Arts Alliance: Shoreline Arts Alliance, a Regional Service Organization of CT Department of Economic and Community Development-Office of the Arts, is a 501 (C) 3 organization founded in 1981 to serve individual artists, arts, cultural and heritage organizations, educational institutions, strategic partners and the community-at-large. Shoreline Arts Alliance’s mission is to Transform Lives through The Arts through our statewide arts offerings, scholarships, and work as your Arts Council. At the heart of our mission is the desire educate, encourage, enrich and engage and we follow these principles in all that we do. Learn more at





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