Early Childhood Book Challenge

call for submissions

Calling all early childhood writers!

OpenIDEO, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, is seeking manuscripts for a children’s book that engages children (ages 0 to 3) and provides adults with ways to support early language development. The winning author will receive $20,000 in award money to make the manuscript publisher-ready and be given the opportunity to have their book published and distributed around Philadelphia, and potentially beyond. Manuscripts will be accepted from new and established authors. The deadline for submission is April 12, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

For more information and submission criteria and guidelines go to https://www.openideo.com/challenge-briefs/early-childhood-book-challenge.


OpenIDEO is the open innovation network of the global design and innovation consultancy, IDEO. OpenIDEO partners with leading organizations to drive collaboration, innovation, and impact around the world’s toughest social and environmental problems.

This prize is funded by the William Penn Foundation. Founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, William Penn Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.

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