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The Second Annual Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest is OPEN!

Hello, wonderful KidLit friends!!

*Please read through everything carefully before entering the contest*


The 2nd annual #KidsChoiceKidLitWritingContest is LIVE!

While not at all required for entry, I’m asking that all who enter consider making a donation to help give the 290+ kid judges a THANK YOU GIFT for their time, sacrifices, work, comments, and amazing efforts in judging this event.

This would not be possible without them!!

I’m *hoping* to send each child a book and to support local indie bookstores to do so. But that will depend on the amount of money we receive. Just know that 100% of donations WILL go to getting these awesome kids a gift. What that gift will be just depends on how much money we can raise.

You can donate in two ways. You can make a “purchase” through my shop HERE. The shop requires that I set a dollar amount, so you will see that reflected on that page. I have options for $5, $10, $15, $20, and $25 donations. But again, no amount is too small.

If you would like to donate another amount, or don't want to go through my website, you can Venmo me (@Kailei-Pew).

I can also take donations through PayPal or Zelle, just reach out for that information.

Now… the reason you are here!!!


If you need to review the rules, go HERE, and then enter through the Google Form linked below. While I hope you will also post your story in the comments below and encourage each other there, you MUST enter through the form this year to be considered by the kid judges.

Also, if you missed it or want a refresher on the awesomeness, you can check out the incredible list of prizes from our amazing donors HERE.

Important dates to note:

January 26th-28th: Contest Form is open

March 3rd (ish): Finalists announced

March 20th (ish) : Winners Announced

Feel free to download this participant badge and post on social media using #KidsChoiceKidLitWritingContest so that we can all chat about the experience and lift each other up! Then comment on THIS TWEET to help us generate buzz and excitement.

After entering (or before), please consider pasting your entry (***or a snippet***) into the comment section below so that everyone can read and comment on your work. Consider adding your social media handles so that other entrants can find and follow you.

You can also post your entry on your own blog or website if you like, but again, you MUST enter officially through the Google Form below.

(***NOTE: If you have a PB entry that you are planning to query/submit as it is, you should ONLY post about 50-60 words as a sample in the comments below. Do post the ENTIRE ENTRY in the Google form, knowing that it will be kept private).

Now... it's time!! Click the button below and GOOD LUCK! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. No matter what happens, please remember that your work is enough. YOU are enough. The world needs your stories. There is room for all of us in this industry and you just have to keep going. I believe in you.

About Kailei Pew

Kailei Pew is a wife, mother, and children's book author represented by the amazing Emily Forney of Bookends Literary.

Upcoming books include:

THE MONSTER ABOVE THE BED (Clarion/Harper, Fall 2023)

I SEE COLOR (With Valerie Bolling, HarperKids, Winter 2024)

KID-VENTORS (F&F/Macmillan, Spring 2024)


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