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Submissions open for Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children’s Literature


Are you an unpublished writer or illustrator of children’s books?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 twenty second 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 This contest affords unpublished Connecticut authors and illustrators of children’s books the opportunity to have manuscripts and portfolios reviewed by literary agents and possibly by editors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 submitted online by February 2, 2022.


Visit www.shorelinearts.org for 2022 Entry Form and guidelines or for additional information or questions on preparing manuscripts and portfolios for submission. An informational Q&A is scheduled to take place via Zoom on January 6th, 2022 between 6:30 and 8PM. Email communications@shorelinearts.org to RSVP.

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