Every year the Children’s Book Committee honors emerging writers and writer/illustrators with the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Winners present their work to the public at Discovery Evening in May and editors at major publishing houses will read the winning manuscripts. In past years, editors from Knopf, Candlewick, and Houghton Mifflin have read the winning submissions.

Eligibility: Entrants must be residents of New England; may not have published a book in any genre including adult fiction and nonfiction; and may not have a book under contract to be published. Writers who have self-published are eligible, but the submitted work must be unpublished. Entrants who have agents may submit; similarly, entries that are out on submission to agents or editors are allowed. Writers who have edited books or done work-for-hire books are eligible. One entry only per person in one of the following four categories: picture books, novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Previous winners of the contest are not eligible.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2018

All work should be—in both format and quality—ready for consideration by a publisher. The Committee does not determine ahead of time the number of winners or the categories to be represented. Winners will be notified in early April.


1. Each Submission: Text should be approximately 10 pages in length, double-spaced, though picture books may be shorter. Please include a cover page with the title, your contact info, and the category for which you are submitting.

  • Picture Books: Send complete text. If you are a writer and not an illustrator, there is no need to send along illustrations. Author/illustrators should include sample illustrations.

  • Middle grade or YA Novels: Send one or two chapters, and a one-page synopsis.

  • Poetry: Send up to 10 poems.

  • Nonfiction: Send one or two chapters, plus a brief outline or table of contents.

2. Include a short biographical statement about your experience and interest in the field.  

3. Please arrange documents in this order: Writing sample, synopsis, and bio. They should be together in one file, not separate files.

4. EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: [email protected]

Congratulations to 2017 Winners

Snow Day for Goat and Badger

Dragonfly: Waiting for Wings

White Rose

The Children’s Book Committee honored three new and talented voices: Abi Cushman for her picture book Snow Day for Goat and Badger; Laurie Warchol for her nonfiction picture book Dragonfly: Waiting for Wings; and Kip Wilson for her young adult book White Rose.

Many Discovery Award winners are now published writers, including M.P. Barker, Annie Cardi, Heather Demetrios, Erin Dionne, Johanna Knowles, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Sara Pinto, Jame Richards, Anna Staniszewski, Tara Sullivan, Kim Ablon Whitney, and Janet Ruth Young.



Adrienne Kisner, Dear Rachel Maddow
Sera Rivers, The Wicked Ones
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo, Ruby in the Sky
Lisa Rogers, Mr. Marshall’s Red Wheelbarrow
Michelle A. Cusolito, Flying Deep

Kristy Acevedo, Consider
Alice Caldwell, Sly as a Sheep
Sheryl DePaolo, The Child Star

Rebecca Roan, Dragons Get Colds Too
Pamela Sonn, Jedediah Buxton, The Human Calculator
Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven, The Shadow Boys are Breaking

Anna Boll, Control. Crush.
Katherine Quimby, Three Minutes Thirty

Heather Demetrios, Streaming
Amitha Knight, Landwalker 

Annie Cardi, Queen of the Air
Tara Sullivan, Golden Boy

Bette Anne Rieth, Greetings From the Miracle
Linda Zajac, Ice Birds in a Warming Land
Heather Jessen, I Won a Robot in a Raffle

Maria Gianferrera, Terrific Tongues
Anna Staniszewski, The Tinkerers
J. James Keels, Starving Hysterical Naked
Shelagh Smith, A Mouthful of Straw

Tamara Ellis Smith, A Marble Looks Like Home
Colleen Ellis, The Alphabet Looking Beyond the Letter
Tracy Miller Geary, The Summer of My Movie Star
Jame Richards, Three Rivers Rising

Joanne Perkins, Ice Harvest
Cindy Faughnan, Sheldon
Joe Anastasio, The Mist
Katie Bayerl, Smart Girl

Erin Dionne, Beauty Binge
J.C. Phillips for her Illustrations
Hollis Shore, The Curve of the World
Phoebe Sinclair, The Truth About Liaa

Johanna Knowles, Lessons From a Dead Girl
Ammi-Joan Paquette, China Blue
Tara Nickerson, Letting Go
Mike Arena, The Man Who Jumped From Space