• Aviva,
    I just found your page through a post on LinkedIn. In fact, I had just left you a comment on another subject earlier today.

    I’m looking forward to publishing volumes 2-12 of our Mushroom Tales series, in the coming months (as fast as my artistic wife, Connie can create the illustrations for our character building lessons. We will select the best of the bunch for submittal. I think it may be our next book, called “Bullies – Where do they come from and how long will they stay?”

    By way of introduction, instead of Illustrator and Author, we say “Mushrooms by Connie Robayo and Tales by me”.

    Best of luck and we’ll keep in touch.

    Dave Freeman

    March 22, 2014
  • Look forward to participating in the contest this year…

    March 31, 2014
    • avivagittle

      Glad you plan to participate, Barbara! Please spread the word…my goal this year is 150 submissions.

      April 03, 2014
  • Kristin Anderson

    My children’s book exceeds the 1500 word limit. Is there any other way I can promote by book with you?

    July 17, 2014
    • avivagittle

      Hi, Kristin: Is it a picture book? If so, how many illustrations? How many words is it (excluding font / back matter)?

      July 17, 2014
  • sounds great! entering 🙂

    July 26, 2014
    • Glad to hear it, Nata! Please spread the word. 🙂

      July 26, 2014
  • In red above, it says: Deadline (emailed or postmarked) is midnight, PST (US) October 15, 2014.

    Rule 11 says: Print submissions must be postmarked by September 15, 2014. Digital submissions must be received by midnight PST (US) September 15, 2014.

    Can you clarify?

    August 06, 2014
  • Also

    Do photos qualify as illustrations?

    August 07, 2014
    • Hi, Augustine:

      Thanks for your question!

      I would say as long as it still has the look and feel of a children’s picture book, I would accept it.


      August 07, 2014
  • I just found out about this picture book contest. I’m excited to submit my book this year. Thanks for sharing!

    August 08, 2014
    • That’s terrific, Karen! Please spread the word; my goal is 150 direct submissions this year. 🙂

      August 08, 2014
  • It’s a great opportunity for self published authors to participate in this contest. I am submitting my book this year. Wishing you the best in achieving your goal. Cheers!

    August 08, 2014
    • Glad you plan to submit your book, Vasanthi. I’m trying to get 150 submissions this year, so please tweet, post, etc. about The Gittle List!

      August 09, 2014
  • I’m submitting Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room (http://www.sybrina.com) to The Gittle List 2014: Top 10 Children’s Picture Books and will broadcast this contest all of my friends. Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

    August 08, 2014
    • I got your submission, Sybrina. Thanks so much for spreading the word about The Gittle List!

      August 09, 2014
  • Just sent you mine and I’m excited about seeing what great stuff everybody comes up with this year. I really think that self-published kids’ books are getting better and better.
    (even though this contest isn’t exclusive to self-publishing writers)
    Thanks for hosting!
    Write Kids’ Books

    August 11, 2014
    • We’re getting some great stories so far. I’ve got about 15 submissions. Just got to get the word out! I appreciate your helping to spread the word. If it helps, it’s open to anyone in the world!

      August 11, 2014
  • PBJ

    What are the publication date guidelines? One of my books was published in 2013.

    August 23, 2014
    • Any year of publication is acceptable. (See item #9.) Hope to see your book! Please spread the word. 🙂

      August 23, 2014
    • Oops! Totally missed that! Thank you! I also passed your info on to my Goodreads groups and my on-line writers group

      August 24, 2014
    • No worries, Patti. 🙂 Thank you so much for spreading the word. Much appreciated!

      August 24, 2014
  • Hi! I entered my book Shadow Night 3 days ago!
    Aviva, when will your ‘decision’ be posted? I don’t see a decision date posted anywhere.
    Thank you, Jean

    September 28, 2014
  • Hi Aviva – I’m so excited about entering your contest. I tried to send the digital version my children’s story, “Three Little Gnomes and a Boy Named Orion,” but the file is too large. I will be mailing you a hard copy. Thanks so much for this lovely opportunity!! <3 Rhonda Paglia "Grammy Pags Stories" http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G5X3WO2

    October 20, 2014
  • WONDERFUL idea! Empowering for self-published authors. Thank you for offering this.

    October 21, 2014
    • It truly is my pleasure, Billie. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun. Please spread the word! I’d like to get another 106 entries. Thanks!

      October 21, 2014
  • Aviva,
    I saw your announcement on a Linked In group. Thank you for announcing this – I look forward to submitting! I will also let a beautifully self-published friend know about the contest.
    And I will like your Facebook page and sign up for your newsletter as you requested.
    (My Facebook page is “Books for Kids,” for anyone who would like to trade “likes.”)

    October 28, 2014
  • Hi Aviva,
    Thanks to my illustrator for this contest. I am entering.
    This is a great opportunity to promote author’s self-published books like mine. More power.

    November 10, 2014
    • So looking forward to receiving your book! Remember, deadline is 11/30/14. 🙂

      November 11, 2014
  • Hi Aviva, I am so excited about this contest. I entered very early. I thought it ended in October & I keep watching:) I hope I am not forgotten since I submittes so early. What you have done is amazing. Also, this is a great way to reach other children authors & share our work. Children really need our messages. We make kids smile:)

    November 16, 2014
  • Hi Aviva,

    I will be sending you my children’s picture book, Momma Days by email. I self published it through AuthorHouse. Is that an acceptable company? I think it’s great that you are promoting self published authors. This is my first book and I am very excited to share it with you!

    November 23, 2014
  • Midge Newth

    Hello Aviva,

    Looking forward to participating in your contest. I am not very computer savvy but looking forward to sending you my book.

    Thank you.


    November 24, 2014
  • Hi, Aviva! I just email you a pdf of my new book called Button Nose the Sad Little Bear. Hope you enjoy it!

    November 28, 2014
  • So excited to have found this contest! Submitting this afternoon!

    November 30, 2014
  • Tom E Neely

    How many entries this year?

    December 05, 2014

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