Celebrating Youthful Curiosity and Discovery Through Books and Reading

Guidelines & Eligibility

CLICK HERE to download printable 4-page guidelines and entry form.

Who May Enter

Authors, illustrators, publishers and self-publishers of children's books, written in English and Spanish and intended for the North American market. Authors and illustrators are welcome to enter their books themselves.


Books that are published with a 2018 or 2019 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2017 are eligible. The contest is for published books, but ISBN is not required. Submission of galley copies is permissible if finished copies are not yet available. Publishers are to select the category or categories in which the book(s) should be judged.

E-books are eligible for entry into our ebook categories, and may also be entered into our regular subject categories where they will be judged alongside print books. Ebook categories are $55 when added to a regular category; otherwise the entry fee is the same as regular categories when entering an ebook category only.

How to Enter

There are two ways to enter the awards. Enter online here to pay by credit card. Or, print and fill out this entry form to pay by check. Please include your online registration receipt or completed entry form and check in the same package as the books. 

Submission and Fees

Submitting a title into more than one category is acceptable, but an entry fee is charged for each category entered. Submit two copies of the title per category entered. For example, when you enter two categories, please send four books; when entering three categories, please send six books. Mail books to:

Moonbeam Awards 2019
Jenkins Group 
1129 Woodmere Ave - Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49686

All books entered become the physical property of the Jenkins Group and will eventually be donated to local libraries and charities. E-book entries will be erased after the awards results are announced.

Early-bird discounts are in place to encourage early entries, on the following schedule:

Contest open date to March 23, 2019: $75 per entry
March 24, 2019 to June 23, 2019: $85 per entry
June 24, 2019 to August 10, 2019: $95 per entry

Ebook categories are $55 when added to a regular category; otherwise the entry fee is the same as regular categories when entering an ebook category only.

Judging Process

Judging will be based on content, originality, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and creativity. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library. Three to five medalists per category will be named on about September 26th. Awards will be presented during the Traverse City Children's Book Festival in Traverse City, Michigan on November 9th, 2019.


All entries must be either made online or postmarked by the final entry deadline of August 10, 2019, with a ten-day grace period for books to arrive. We will confirm your entry via email.

Awards and Recognition

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each category. Gold, silver and bronze award seals will be available to all in their appropriate award levels. Each winning book receives a medal, a personalized certificate, and 20 sample seals. Medalists and their guests are invited to attend the awards ceremony and celebration at no charge. Preview merchandise here.