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Neilson Hays Young Writers Awards 2018 Deadline

February 28



DEADLINE: 28 February 2018

The Neilson Hays Library is thrilled to announce the launch of the second “Neilson Hays Young Writers Awards”, chaired by M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, and invites students ages 10-18 to submit illustrated children’s picture books or short stories in English to our children’s writing competition.

In this competition, aspiring young writers and illustrators in the final round will be invited to participate in a workshop at Chakrabongse Villas, where published writers and illustrators will critique and coach the students on their works.

Winners of the competition will get to see their works read out loud by prominent figures in the literary and art world, as well as be presented certificates and a cash prize of 10,000 baht per category.  There will also be a special Ambassador’s Selection Prize of 10,000 baht, presented by H.E. Ms. Donica Pottie of the Embassy of Cananda.

The judging panel features respected members of the literary and publishing community, including:

–Onchuma Yuthavong, writer, director, producer and associate professor of drama
–Khun Ngarmpun Vejjajiva, S.E.A. Write Award-winning author of The Happiness of Kati
–Khun Gee Svasti Thomson, writer and illustrator
–Emma Larkin, journalist and author of Finding George Orwell in Burma
–Janice Santikarn, author of The Little Blue Tuk-Tuk, Koko the Monkey; Lost in Bangkok, and more
–Pieretta Dawn, author, Thailand’s Writer’s Hall of Famer
–Kathy MacLeod, cartoonist and graphic novelist

With support from River Books, Chakrabongse Villas, Kids Academy International School, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, and the Quiet Bangkok Group.



Theme: “Wonder”

Contest categories:

A.  Original picture books by 12 years and under (no more than 20 pages and 500 words), Thai/Bilingual schools

B.  Original picture books by 12 years and under (no more than 20 pages and 500 words), International schools

C.  Original picture books by 16 years and under (no more than 24 pages and 800 words), Thai/Bilingual schools

D.  Original picture books by 16 years and under (no more than 24 pages and 800 words), International schools

E.  Original short story by 18 years and under (no more than 1,500 words), all schools

For categories A-D, individuals or teams of up to 3 students may submit one entry to each category. Category E is individual work only.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Submissions that exceed page and/or word limit may be disqualified

Click here to see the winning entries from the 2017 NHL Young Writers Awards.


Key Dates:

Submission deadline: No later than 28 February 2018.

FinalistsWorkshop: Finalists will be selected by 17 March, and 3 finalists or finalist teams for each category will be invited for a workshop with published authors and illustrators, to be held on 24 March 2018 at Chakrabongse Villas.

Awards ceremony: The final awards ceremony will take place on 2 June 2018 at the Neilson Hays Library.


Submission mechanics:

  1. ONE hard copy must be sent via registered mail or by hand to:

Neilson Hays Young Writers Awards
Neilson Hays Library
195 Surawong Road,
Si Phraya, Bangrak,
Bangkok 10500

Telephone: 02-233-1731

Categories A-D: picture book mock-up no larger than A4 size
Category E: Typed, double-space, Times New Roman font size 13 on A4 paper

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Submissions will be judged anonymously, so please DO NOT write your name(s) on the mock-up or on the pages of your work. However, please include the following information on a separate piece of paper accompanying your work:

–Individual or Team name
–Story Title
–Contest Category

  1. Make a payment for the entry fee of 500 baht by one of the following methods, making sure to retain your receipt:

A.  Cash payment by hand (please do not mail cash payments)

B.  Bank transfer

Bank: Siam Commercial Bank
Account Number: 002-265834-2
Account Name: Associate Neilson Hays Library

C.  Credit card payment via here.

  1. Then, fill out the online application form at gl/fsrkQR (you will need to open a free google account to fill our this form), making sure to upload the following 2 items:

–proof of payment for the entry fee
–an electronic copy of the work in PDF file


–Please make sure to name the file according to this format:

For eg: A.GoodnightMoon
Or: C.TheLorax

–DO NOT include your real name(s) in the file name or on the pages of your work

–For categories A-D, please send a single PDF file per entry, otherwise your work may be disqualified


  1. Deadline: 28 February 2018



–All works must be original and will be checked for plagiarism.
–Entries should not have been previously published (online postings should be removed prior to submission).
–For categories A-D, individuals or teams of up to 3 students may submit one entry to each category. Category E is individual work.
–Work that exceeds the page and/or word limit for that category may be disqualified.
–Peer editing is allowed (in the same grade or younger).
–No adult assistance with the following exception: parents/teachers/older siblings are welcome to type out the work of younger writers, but should not make corrections other than spelling mistakes for the sake of comprehension. The texts for picture books may be handwritten. Minor grammatical mistakes shall not be penalized.
–Please retain a copy of all works submitted, as we are not able to return submissions.
–Entries will be judged on creativity, story-telling flair, and use of effective illustration (for picture books).
–Only finalists and winners will be notified by email, and their names will be announced on the NeilsonHaysLibrary.org website and our Facebook page.



  • 1st prize – 10,000 Baht cash prize per category. If a team is awarded 1st prize, the prize money will be split evenly among team members. Winners will also receive certificates from the library.
  • 2nd and 3rd runners-up will receive certificates from the library.


Contact email: YoungWriters@NeilsonHaysLibrary.org


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