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This contest is open to students in grades K–8 in the United States, including its territories and possessions. Students must develop their entries in groups of three or more under the supervision of an adult who acts as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and provides constructive criticism and general guidance. The story and illustrations must be the students' work. Previously published work can not be entered.
Employees of Scholastic Book Fairs, and its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies involved in this Contest, and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter.
All entries must be illustrated in picture book format. Text may be typed, computer generated, or handwritten. Both text and artwork must be the sole creation of the students. The Project Coordinator provides only constructive criticism and general guidance.
Artwork must be received in its original format. Based on your design, use either 8 ½" x 11" or 9" x 12" paper. We recommend that you submit your illustrations on art quality paper or construction paper. Three dimensional artwork (pop-ups, flaps, movable parts, plasticine, etc.) will not be accepted. Artwork may be computer generated only if it is the students' original creation. Do not use clipart or newspaper print as a background.
Artwork and text should be submitted separately. Do not bind pages. Provide a mock-up of the way the text and artwork should relate to each other in your finished book using photocopies of your artwork. Mock-ups may be bound. Please provide cover art and a dedication page. These will not be counted as part of the page count.
Each entry must fit into one of the following categories:
There will be one grand-prize winner selected from each category. A total of twenty-five Honorable Mentions will be named as well.