Several contests and awards are geared specifically to Jewish-themed writing.
- The Whole Megillah Jewish Children’s Picture Book Manuscript Contest—The Whole Megillah offers an annual contest for Jewish-themed picture book manuscripts! Kar-Ben publisher Joni Sussman judges.
- Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award—submit your Jewish-themed middle grade novel by September 30 to this Association of Jewish Libraries competition. The prize is $1,000.
- Sydney Taylor Book Award—Categories for this award, sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries, include Younger Reader, Older Reader, and Teen Reader. Submissions are due by November 30.
- National Jewish Book Award—Includes two endowed awards for Jewish children’s literature: the Louis Posner Memorial award for the best illustrated children’s book of the year and an award in memory of author Dorothy Kripke for the best in Jewish family literature. Check the Jewish Book Council website for details and guidelines.