December 15 is the DEADLINE! Enter the 2nd Annual Writing Contest! And/or nominate bookstores for the WNBA Pannell Awards!

A special note from the board of directors of the WNBA: two important deadlines are around the corner. The deadlines for the Second Annual Writing Contest and for WNBA Pannell Award nominations are both this coming Sunday, December 15. 

Details below —

* Enter WNBA’s Second Annual Writing Contest *
Deadline December 15, 2013

* Online submissions only

* Unpublished work only

* Fiction: 2500 word limit (no novel excerpts or memoirs)
* Poetry: 3-5 pages maximum

* WNBA Members: $15 per entry/Non-Members: $20 per entry

* $250 cash prize and publication in The Bookwoman, the

   official publication of the WNBA

* Winners announced March 2014

Read last year’s winning entries in The Bookwoman–Special Contest Issue.

Questions? Contact:

More information available on our website. 

* Nominate Your Favorite Bookstore for a Pannell Award *
Deadline December 15, 2013
Every year two bookstores that excel in connecting children with books are selected by a panel of publishing professionals–one award is given to a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. Anyone can nominate a store. Simply email:, with the following information:


1) Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination

2) Your connection to the nominated store, e.g. customer, owner, employee, publisher
3) A brief statement outlining the reasons you are nominating that store  

4) Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store

Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

More information available on our WNBA National website.

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