Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature

Milkweed Editions invites writers to submit their works of fiction for young readers for the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature. The winning author will receive a $10,000 cash prize and publication of their novel by Milkweed Editions.



Milkweed Editions will award the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature to the best manuscript for young readers that Milkweed accepts for publication during the calendar year by a writer not previously published by Milkweed. All manuscripts for young readers submitted for publication by Milkweed are automatically entered into the competition. Judging will be by the editors of Milkweed Editions; the winner of the prize will receive a $10,000 cash prize in addition to a publishing contract negotiated at the time of acceptance. Milkweed Editions reserves the right not to award the prize for any given year. We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 prize.



Milkweed Editions is committed to publishing the highest quality books for young readers. Previous prize winners—such as Perfect (a Book Sense 76 pick), Parents Wanted (Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year), The $66 Summer (New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age), The Ocean Within (Sunshine State Young Reader's Award), and Behind the Bedroom Wall (with more than 80,000 copies in print)—introduce young readers to memorable characters struggling with the kinds of difficult decisions that young people of any era must face.

Our goal is to encourage both writers of children's literature and writers of books for adults to turn their attention to creating books for this discriminating and important group of readers. At this age, readers are ready for well-written books that range widely in subject matter, from fantasy, to fiction grounded in history, to books about everyday life. Milkweed Editions is looking for manuscripts of high literary quality that embody humane values and contribute to cultural understanding.



There is no deadline for submissions, all manuscripts submitted to Milkweed Editions for publication will be considered for the prize.

Submissions should adhere to Milkweed's children's literature submission guidelines. Manuscripts should be novels for young readers. Picture books and collections of stories are not eligible, nor are retellings of legends or folktales. Work previously published as a book in the United States is not eligible, but prior magazine publication of a portion of the manuscript does not render the work ineligible. Manuscripts previously submitted to Milkweed should not be resubmitted. Questions concerning the prize may be directed here.



  • 2012 Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

  • 2010 The Hole in the Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

  • 2008 Discovering Pig Magic by Julie Crabtree

  • 2007 The Linden Tree by Ellie Mathews

  • 2005 Trudy by Jessica Lee Anderson

  • 2004 Perfect by Natasha Friend

  • 2001 Parents Wanted by George Harrar

  • 2000 The $66 Summer by John Armistead

  • 1999 The Ocean Within by V. M. Caldwell

  • 1998 The Dog with Golden Eyes by Frances Wilbur

  • 1996 Behind the Bedroom Wall by Laura E. Williams

  • 1995 The Summer of the Bonepile Monster by Aileen Kilgore Henderson

  • 1994 A Bride for Anna's Papa by Isabel R. Marvin 


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