are the Marion Vannett Ridgway Book Awards?
Marion Vannett Ridgway Award is a memorial award given to an author or illustrator in recognition of an outstanding debut in the world of children's picture books.
than 25 American publishers submit 60 to 100 titles annually to the Ridgway Award committee. A First Prize and Honor Awards are announced each spring.
can win the Ridgway Award?
Any author or illustrator (or photographer if the book in question is illustrated with photographs) can win provided the book is a debut appearance for that person.
does this award focus on debut books?
Vannett Ridgway was often supportive to lesser known artists and authors. She was eager to guide those who needed help. When these memorial awards were founded in 1993 it was decided they would best reflect Marion's generous spirit by encouraging the sort of book most likely to be overlooked in the world of children's literature — the debut appearances of authors and illustrators.
are your submission guidelines?
order to qualify for a Ridgway Award a book must:
Be a debut appearance for the author or illustrator.
2. Have been published initially in the United States.
3. Have a copyright date for the year under review.
4. Be a hardcover or paperback. Books that are available only in electronic
form are not yet eligible.
I'm a publisher. How do I enter my books?
Publishers may enter their books for consideration by
first getting on the mailing list. You can join
the mailing list by clicking here. Information regarding where to
send entries will be distributed to all publishers in September. The deadline for 2018 submissions is February 9, 2018.
a writer/ilustrator. How do I enter my books?
entries from publishers are accepted. Your publisher can join the online mailing list here. Bookmark the page
then email it to your editor or publisher. Your
publisher will then be on the list to get the information they need in September to enter your book. Be sure to check which books qualify.
the books be returned to the publisher?
Sorry, entries cannot be returned.
finances these awards?
awards are financed by the Elizabeth Park Trust. This private trust is managed by BMO Harris Bank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
are the judges?
judges are a group of published authors and illustrators. Most were themselves recipients of a Ridgway award. The list of judges is available to every publisher interested in entering books for the competition.
is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is February 9, 2017 for the 2018 awards.
Important Qualification: All books must bear a copyright
is the prize?
prize is $800. Honor book winners receive $200.
All winners receive The Marion Vannett Ridgway Award certificate.
and when are the winners announced?
winners are announced in April in national magazines that focus on children’s literature. Press releases are distributed
to media and publishers.