Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Discovery Award
Each year the Children’s Book Committee honors emerging writers and writers/illustrators with the Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Awards. Winners present their work to the public at Discovery Evening (Fall 2020). Literary agents from top firms will read the winning submissions and offer critiques.
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.
Entrants may not be signed with an agent. Entries that are out on submission to agents are allowed.
Writers who have self-published are eligible, but the submitted work must be unpublished.
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 ineligible.
ll work should be—in both format and quality—ready for consideration by a publisher or agent. The Committee does not determine ahead of time the number of winners or the categories to be represented.
Writing Sample: Text should be approximately 10 pages in length, double-spaced, 12 point font, 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 ten poems.
Nonfiction: Send one or two chapters, plus a brief outline or table of contents.
Synopsis: Please include a brief synopsis of the writing sample.
Biographical Statement about your experience and interest in the field.
Submit a single file with documents in this order: Writing Sample, Synopsis, and Biography.
Many Discovery Award winners are now published writers, including: Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven,Katie Bayerl, Rebecca Roan, Kristy Acevedo, Lisa Rogers, Adrienne Kisner, Kip Wilson, Jeanne Zulick Ferrulo, Michelle A. Cusolito, 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.
Anthony Lathrop, Captain Mavrik Takes A Holiday
Rebekah Lowell, The Road to After
Krista Surprenant, Remember Where You're From
Orrin Hannratty, Shadowtide: An American Monster Story
Cassie Gustafson, Finding Erica Strange
Jane Hawksworth, Anna Wynne
Laura Quinlan, Alone Against the Wind
Abi Cushman, Snow Day for Goat and Badger
Laurie Warchol, Dragonfly: Waiting for Wings
Kip Wilson, White Rose
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
2020 Children’s Book Award Committee: M.T. Anderson, Eliza Brown, Erin Dionne, Susan Goodman, Jannie Ho, Brian Lies, Cathryn Mercier, and Kim Ablon Whitney.