Writing Awards For Children
and Young Adult Books
Literary Awards and Submission Sites Listing
Our list of writing awards for children and young adult books, includes both writing and
illustrators awards. The listing is far from the end-all of writing award listings, but rather a
beginning for those of you interested in submitting works. Good luck to all!
Alex Awards - USA
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal
to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award - CA
Awarded to an outstanding illustrator of a children's book published in Canada.
Andre Norton Award - USA
(SFWA) has created a new literary award to recognize outstanding science fiction and
fantasy novels that are written for the young adult market.
The Aurealis Awards - AU
To recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.
Divisions for Children and Young Adult books.
Book of the Year for Children Award _ CA
Any work that is an act of creative writing (i.e., fiction, poetry, retelling of traditional
literature) shall be deemed eligible regardless of published format, including anthologies
The Bram Stoker Award For Young Readers - USA
Presented by the Horror Writer's Association to recognize outstanding work in the
The Caldecott Medal - USA
The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American
picture book for children.
The Carnegie Medal - UK
Awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.
Children's Africana Book Awards - USA
The awards focus specifically on books published in the United States about Africa and
are presented in two categories: Best Book for Young Children and the Best Book for Older Readers.
Children's Book of the Year Awards - AU
Annual children's writing awards for books with an implied readership under the age of eighteen,
and are presented in five categories.
Christy Awards - USA
The Christy Awards celebrate novels from a Christian worldview.
Coretta Scott King Book Award - USA
Given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an
outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution as an inspiration to young people.
The Costa Children's Book Award - UK
The criteria is to select well-written, enjoyable books that would be strongly recommended
for anyone to read.
The Crichton Award for New Illustrators - AU
The award aims to recognize and encourage new talent in the field of Australian
children's book illustration.
Golden Kite Award - USA
The only award presented to children’s book authors and artists by their fellow authors and artists.
Given for the most outstanding children’s books written or illustrated by members of the Society
of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Guardian Children’s Fiction Award - UK
Awarded by a panel of children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young
Kate Greenaway Medal - UK
Presented annually for the most distinguished work in the illustration of children’s books.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award - USA
The Wilder Award medal honors an author or illustrator whose books, have made, over a period
of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Margaret A. Edwards Award - USA
The Margaret A. Edwards Writing Award, honors an author's lifetime achievement for writing
books for young adults that have been popular over a period of time.
The Michael L. Printz Award - USA
The Michael L. Printz Writing Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary
excellence in young adult literature.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature - USA
Honors works that make a significant contribution to scholarship about the Inklings and
genres of myth and fantasy studies.
The Nan Chauncy Award - AU
Created to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of
Australian children's literature.
The National Book Awards - USA
Writing award for outstanding contribution to young people's literature.
New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults - NZ
Writing award that celebrates excellence in children’s literature and provides recognition for the best
books for children and young adults published annually in New Zealand.
Newbery Medal - USA
The Newberry Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children,
to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Parent's Choice Awards - USA
Children's writing awards in print and nonprint categories
The Pura Belpré Award - USA
The Belpre Award medal honors a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose works best portray,
affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature
for children and youth.
Society of School Librarians International. Book Awards - USA
(SSLI) gives annual writing awards in various categories to outstanding trade books for young people,
published in the preceding year.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - USA
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, (Dr. Suess Award) will be given annually to the author(s) and
illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to beginning reader books.
Young Adult Canadian Book Award
This writing award recognizes an author of an outstanding English language Canadian book which
appeals to young adults between the ages of 13 and 18.