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Title: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 05:29 AM
Hello all,

I have been entering contests for many years, but just recently heard about the Astra contest. Does anyone know the history of it? I Googled it, but came up empty. I don't need the contest rules. I found them. Several of our critique members are considering entering it, but I wanted to provide a little background on the history of it and include past winners in a post. Can anyone help me with this? Thank you.

Ken
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: dkshumaker on January 09, 2021, 07:28 AM
I forget where I heard about this contest yesterday. But if I remember correctly, this is the first year it's being offered so that is why there is no history about it.
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 07:35 AM
Thanks. Someone said it was mentioned in the SCBWI Insight, but I haven't found the reference yet.
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: dkshumaker on January 09, 2021, 07:40 AM
Yes, it was in the Insight. Did you not get it? If you're an SCBWI member, you should have gotten the email. . .
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 07:49 AM
I am a member. What month was it in? I just checked out December's issue and I couldn't find it in there.
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: dkshumaker on January 09, 2021, 08:04 AM
It's the January Insight. I got it yesterday in my email. Have you checked your Spam account?
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 08:11 AM
Oops! I missed it when I scanned through the email. Thanks!
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: dkshumaker on January 09, 2021, 08:38 AM
Glad you found it!
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: Trine on January 09, 2021, 03:59 PM
I think it sounds like a wonderful opportunity! :typing
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 04:43 PM
I agree!
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: JulieM on January 09, 2021, 11:26 PM
I was interested in this contest until I saw that it locks up your manuscript for a long time. It cannot be submitted elsewhere or be under consideration by anywhere else for the duration of the competition (assuming I read the rules correctly).
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 10, 2021, 05:58 PM
Hi Julie,

I just reread the SCBWI Insight article about this contest and you are right about having your manuscript being tied up for a while. This seems like an awesome opportunity though to get your writing viewed by an international group of professionals.  When I send things out to publishers that are still open to unsolicited mss, usually it takes 2-6 months to get a response anyway.  I plan to submit in late April before the deadline, which limits the amount of time tied up.  I just don't want to pass up this opportunity. You never know if this could be the beginning of something special for you and it's free too.

Ken
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on January 10, 2021, 08:29 PM
I submitted a work that fit for this but that I wasn't planning to submit elsewhere at the time. I'm willing to have it sit for a year, but it is a choice.
Title: Re: Astra International Picture Book Contest
Post by: JulieM on January 10, 2021, 08:48 PM
Yes, a great opportunity if it suits your timeline and you understand the constraints.
Best of luck, everyone!