Rules & Regulations

1. Organisers

The Scholastic Picture Book Award is the joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia. The NBDCS, founded in 1969 promotes reading and literature, and champions literary works of Asians.

Scholastic, founded in 1920, is the largest children's books publisher and distributor in the world. Scholastic continues this successful history by remaining focused on encouraging children to learn to read and love to learn.

2. Eligibility

a) The Contestant

Entries will be accepted from writers and/or illustrators of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above. For the purpose of this award, Asia comprises the following countries:

1. Afghanistan

18. Jordan

35. Qatar

2. Armenia

19. Kazakhstan

36. Russia

3. Azerbaijan

20. Korea

37. Saudi Arabia

4. Bahrain

21. Kuwait

38. Singapore

5. Bangladesh

22. Kyrgyzstan

39. Sri Lanka

6. Brunei

23. Laos

40. Syria

7. Bhutan

24. Lebanon

41. Taiwan

8. Cambodia

25. Malaysia

42. Tajikistan

9. China

26. Maldives

43. Timor-Leste

10. Cyprus

27. Mongolia

44. Thailand

11. Georgia

28. Myanmar

45. Turkey

12. India

29. Nepal

46. Turkmenistan

13. Indonesia

30. Oman

47. UAE

14. Iran

31. Pakistan

48. Uzbekistan

15. Iraq

32. Palestine

49. Vietnam

16. Israel

33. Papua New Guinea

50. Yemen

17. Japan

34. Philippines


b) The Picture Book

  • Is targeted at children of ages 0 to 6 years.
  • Must be Asian in content.
  • Must be unpublished or uncontracted to a publisher until the prize is announced.
  • All submissions must be in English.
  • Works in languages other than English may be considered, if an English translation is submitted with the original text and illustrations.
  • Previously published authors/illustrators can submit unpublished work.
  • The work must be original.
  • Maximum word count of 500 words (excluding title, and author and illustrator’s names).

c) Submissions

  • All entries must be either:
    a. A picture book comprising:
    • the full manuscript
    • the book’s first six illustrations
    • a storyboard depicting your complete story

    b. A wordless picture book submission comprising:
    • the book’s first six illustrations
    • a storyboard depicting your complete story
  • Manuscripts, illustrations and storyboards are to be submitted by email.
  • Manuscripts must be in Times Roman font, double-spaced.
  • Illustrations and the storyboard must be in pdf format.

3. The Prize

  • The judges reserve the right to not award the prize should the entries fail, in the judges’ opinion, to meet the required standard. Judges could also decide not to award the prize to consecutive winners.
  • Scholastic Asia reserves the first right of refusal for publication of the award-winning picture book and the first and second runners-up.

4. Number of Entries

Limited to ONE (1) submission per contestant.

5. Selection

The Book Council will check details concerning the eligibility of the contestant and the picture book submitted. Only manuscripts and illustrations from picture book creators who meet the criteria will be accepted and sent to the judges. An independent panel of three judges, who are experts in the field of children’s books, will select the winner from the manuscripts submitted by the Council. The judges’ decision is final, and no appeals or correspondence will be entertained at any point.

6. Shortlist

The Organising Committee will announce a short list of works considered for the Scholastic Asian Picture Book Award in April 2017. Shortlisted candidates are encouraged to be present at the Award Ceremony at the end of May 2017.

7. Award Presentation

The award will be presented at a prize-giving ceremony during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), to be held in Singapore at the end of May, each year. Prize winners will be invited for the awards ceremony.

8. The Award

The inaugural Scholastic Picture Book Award will be awarded in May 2017, at the AFCC, in Singapore.

9. Media Promotion

The award details will be separately and officially announced in newspapers and other media in all countries, particularly countries in Asia. The details of the award will also be disseminated to interested people and organisations.

10. Conditions of Entry

  • Each entry must include the following:
    • An official entry form, duly filled in.
    • A recent photograph
    • A short biography of the author, and the illustrator, and a summary of the manuscript, each not more than 100 words. In case of a translation, the biography of both the author and the translator must be submitted.
  • Entries can be submitted either by the author or translator. In case of a translation, the translator must indicate that the author (or his or her estate) is aware of the fact that a translation of the original work is being submitted for the award.

11. Submission

An acknowledgement column is to be included, as example shown below:


I acknowledge receipt of your entry submitted for The Scholastic Picture Book Award 2017. Thank you.

Title of Manuscript: _________________________________  

No of Pages:______



National Book Development Council of Singapore


All entries must be submitted in soft copy and emailed to:

If you do not hear from the National Book Development Council of Singapore within 1 week of submission, kindly contact

Entries that fail to comply with any of the above rules and conditions of entry will be disqualified.