Have you written a children’s story that is inspired by Asia?

If you have, you might want to share your story and stand a chance to be published. The Scholastic Picture Book Award (SPBA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia that aims to foster the creation of picture books with Asian content, by Asian writers and illustrators. The award also serves to promote public awareness of and interest in picture books with Asian content.

How to Enter

Your 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.

Submissions can be emailed to the SPBA Secretariat at info@bookcouncil.sg. Click here to download the official SPBA Entry Form.


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

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Bahrain
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Brunei
  7. Bhutan
  8. Cambodia
  9. China
  10. Cyprus
  11. Georgia
  12. India
  13. Indonesia
  14. Iran
  15. Iraq
  16. Israel
  17. Japan
  1. Jordan
  2. Kazakhstan
  3. Korea
  4. Kuwait
  5. Kyrgyzstan
  6. Laos
  7. Lebanon
  8. Malaysia
  9. Maldives
  10. Mongolia
  11. Myanmar
  12. Nepal
  13. Oman
  14. Pakistan
  15. Palestine
  16. Papua New Guinea
  17. Philippines
  1. Qatar
  2. Russia
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Singapore
  5. Sri Lanka
  6. Syria
  7. Taiwan
  8. Tajikistan
  9. Timor-Leste
  10. Thailand
  11. Turkey
  12. Turkmenistan
  13. UAE
  14. Uzbekistan
  15. Vietnam
  16. Yemen

The best entry will be awarded the Scholastic Picture Book Award, and win a prize of S$10,000 and a plaque. The winning manuscript will be considered by Scholastic Asia for publication. In the event of the text and illustrations being created by two or more individuals, the prize will be shared. The first and second runners-up will be awarded a plaque and offered advice by Scholastic Asia on editing their manuscripts to submit for publication.


The closing date for submission is 16 December 2016 at 5pm (Singapore time). The results will be announced in May 2017 at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

About the organisers
The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is founded in 1969 to promote reading and literature, and to champion literary works of Asians.

Scholastic, founded in 1920, is the largest children’s books publisher and distributor in the world.

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