Rising Kite Awards | 2015 Writing & Illustration Contest

SCBWI FLORIDA

NEW DEADLINE OF OCTOBER 15th FOR BOTH CONTEST

WRITING CONTEST GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

ILLUSTRATION CONTEST GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE ILLUSTRATION CONTEST RULES : :

OPEN TO ANY FLORIDA SCBWI MEMBER
NO EXCLUSION OF PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATORS

NEW DEADLINE, OCT. 15TH, 2014


WRITING CONTEST : :

The SCBWI Florida Annual Rising Kite Writing Contest celebrates Florida’s best unpublished writing for children. In so doing, we also celebrate the work and dedication of our region’s authors, both published and unpublished. Our purpose is to encourage authors to continue to follow their dreams, to recognize their successes, and to provide a platform for authors to share their writing with a larger audience.

2015 CATEGORIES

  • Picture Book
  • Middle Grade Novel
  • Young Adult Novel

These categories include fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc.

NOTE:  Each participant is limited to ONE ENTRY, overall.


AWARDS

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners

  • Winners will receive a SCBWI Florida Writing Contest Award Certificate which will be presented at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference in Miami in January 2015.
  • The winning authors in each category and the title of each manuscript will be announced via the SCBWI Florida Listserv and SCBWI Florida Web site.
  • Winners may also use their awards as a way to further develop their platforms by including news of their win on their web sites and blogs, and in queries, cover letters, and so on.

1st Place Winners

Each 1st Place Winner will also receive a scholarship \ to a SCBWI Florida intensive of his/her choosing.

All Entries

Each participant may pick up his/her Rubric Score Sheets from the preliminary judging at the January conference in Miami. If you are unable to do so, you may mail a SASE to:

Contest Rubric Request
125 E. Merritt Island Causeway #209
Merritt Island, FL 32952.


OFFICIAL RULES

Contest Opens:                   September 1, 2014
Entry Deadline:                   October 15, 2014
Preliminary Judging:         October 16-31, 2014
Contest Judging:                November 1-25, 2014

Contest open to: Current SCBWI Florida members.

Eligibility: Only unpublished and un-contracted manuscripts may be submitted. If an entry comes under contract during the contest period, that entry will be disqualified from the contest. A published author may only enter in a category in which he/she has NOT been published.

Being self-published in a genre also disqualifies a writer from that category.

NOTE:  Each participant is limited to ONE ENTRY, overall.

Announcing winners: Winners will be announced at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference in Miami in January 2015. You do not have to be present to win. Notification will be emailed to winners following the conference, and the names of winners will also be posted on the SCBWI Florida web page. 


Formatting entries: Please follow the guidelines below to format submissions. Improperly formatted manuscripts will be disqualified.

  1. Program: Word documents only. No PDFs.
  2. Pages: 10 (excluding cover), single-sided
  3. Fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier only, 12 point
  4. Spacing: Double spaced
  5. Margins: 1-inch margins on both sides, top, and bottom
  6. Cover page: The cover page must include the author’s name, mailing address, phone number, and email address in the top left corner, and the genre category in the upper right-hand corner. Please also note in the corner if your manuscript is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc. The manuscript title should appear in all caps halfway down the cover page. DO NOT use text boxes or other fonts.
  7. No names on manuscripts: The author’s name, identifying features, or contact information may NOT be included on any page of the manuscript. (The author’s name may only appear on the cover page.)
  8. Page headers: Each page of the manuscript should include the manuscript title in the top left-hand corner and the page number in the top right-hand corner.
  9. Electronic submission: All manuscripts must be emailed as an attachment by 11:59 p.m. on October 15 to contest coordinator, Rob Sanders, at srobert262@aol.com. Use the title of your manuscript as the name of your attachment. You will receive email confirmation that your manuscript has been received. NOTE: Please allow up to 48 hours for confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your manuscript has not been entered in the contest.

CATEGORIES

Picture Book

Picture Book—send complete manuscript, up to 10 pages, maximum of 850 words (no art). On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, etc.  

Middle Grade Novel

Novel— send the first chapter(s) up to 10 pages (no art), single-sided. On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc. 

Optional for MG novels: Since the maximum number of pages you can submit is ten (10), you can opt to send a synopsis plus pages, so long as the total number of pages does NOT exceed ten pages. For instance, if your synopsis is three pages long, you can send the first seven pages of your manuscript along with the synopsis. A synopsis must follow all contest formatting guidelines, including being double-spaced and in 12-point. No exceptions.

Young Adult Novel

Novel— send the first chapter(s) up to 10 pages (no art). On the cover sheet, label whether your submission is fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, etc. 

Optional for YA novels: Since the maximum number of pages you can submit is ten, you can opt to send a synopsis plus pages, so long as the total number of pages does NOT exceed ten pages. For instance, if your synopsis is three pages long, you can send the first seven pages of your manuscript along with the synopsis. A synopsis must follow all contest formatting guidelines, including being double-spaced and in 12-point. No exceptions.


JUDGING

  1. The Contest Coordinator will assign each manuscript an entry number code, remove the title page, and ensure the author’s name is not on the manuscript. The Contest Coordinator will keep a spreadsheet of author names, addresses, email addresses, manuscript titles, genres, number codes, and eventually, the combined rubric scores of the preliminary judges.
  2. Two Preliminary Judges will read all the manuscripts in their assigned category and judge the manuscripts using a rubric. All scoring is blind—names of authors will not appear on any entry. The judges will not compare their rubric scores. Completed rubric sheets will be sent via email to the Contest Coordinator for tabulation. Preliminary judges are published in the genre they are judging and are not SCBWI Florida members.
  3. The Contest Coordinator will tabulate the rubric scores and will determine the top five scoring entries in each category.
  4. The top five scoring manuscripts in each category will be submitted to the Contest Judge assigned to each category. The Contest Judge will be an editor or agent who works with the genre he/she is judging. Rubric scores and author names will not be included on any manuscript. The Contest Judge will read the entries and order them from one to five, with one being first place. The Contest Judge will be asked to provide brief notes about each finalist’s manuscript, The Contest Judge will submit his/her decisions and manuscript notes to the Contest Coordinator.

Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category
which has insufficient entries or scores.


ILLUSTRATION CONTEST : :

ILLUSTRATION CONTEST GUIDELINES

Prize: One Month Mentorship with illustrator E. B. Lewis

Eligibility:

OPEN TO ANY FLORIDA SCBWI MEMBER
NO EXCLUSION OF PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATORS

NEW DEADLINE, OCT. 15TH, 2014

One Entry Per Person

Create a one-page illustration (not double spread) final stage finished art, black and white or color using the text:

         "Robin’s gift was different from all the others."

  1. The page size should be 7.5 x 10 inches (vertical) or 10 x 7.5 inches (horizontal)
  2. Indicate crop marks. Bleed should be .25 in. if the art requires it.
  3. Leave space for the text, but do not include it in your art.
  4. Submit a scan that is 300 dpi. File size should not exceed 9MB.
  5. Save the file as a JPEG (.jpg) labeled as follows: first name_last name.jpg. (A duplicate, anonymous file will be indexed and sent for judging.)
  6. File must be an attachment, not a link or in the body of the email.  Depending on your email browser, you may need to compress or "zip" your file.  (If you use Apple Mail, zip it.)

Entries will be scored on concept, design, content, and execution.

Preliminary judges will be out-of-state traditionally published book illustrators.

A winner will be chosen from the 5 finalists by Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Laurent will present the award at our Miami January 2015 conference.

Email entries to Linda Shute, Illustrator Coordinator (lshute@icloud.com) no later than October 15th.