Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.
Deadline: SUBMISSIONS FOR BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2015 IS NOW CLOSED. SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016 WILL OPEN IN SUMMER, 2016,
1. You must be a current member through April of the following year to have a book submitted to the Golden Kite Awards.
2. Only books written or translated into English are accepted.
3. Please Submit FOUR copies of your book. All submissions MUST BE in completed, bound form. NO GALLEYS.
4. You may submit your book to ONE category only, except in the case of Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration.
5. If submitting to both Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration BOTH author and illustrator must be current members and EIGHT copies must be submitted.
6. The book submitted must be published in the previous calendar year (2016 winners published in 2015).
7. Individuals and Publishers can submit for the Golden Kites.
8. Self-published books are eligible, however you may enter your book in EITHER the Golden Kite or the Spark Award for self-published books. You may not submit the same book to both awards. Please follow the Guidelines for Individuals if you are submitting a self-published book.
9. One Golden Kite Award Winner and one Honor Book will be chosen per category. Winners and Honorees will receive a commemorative poster also sent to publishers, bookstores, libraries, and schools; a press release; an announcement on the SCBWI website; and on SCBWI Social Networks
10. Winners and publishing houses will be notified in March, 2016.
Submission Guidelines for PUBLISHERS
Submission Guidelines for INDIVIDUALS
SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.