Green Bean Books

JCBA 2025

Green Bean Books and the Jewish Literary Foundation are excited to announce the criteria for the 2025 Jewish Children’s Book Awards. The awards aim to discover and celebrate inspiring new stories for young children based on Jewish history, values and tradition. As in previous years, there will be one prize for story and one for illustration. The winner of each category will receive £1,000 and all entries will be considered for publication by Green Bean Books. Our illustrious panel of judges consists of Green Bean Books publisher Michael Leventhal; author and chair of the book selection committee of PJ Library Chris Barash; renowned illustrator and writer, Omer Hoffmann; and Curator of Children’s Books at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Orna Granot. This year they will also be joined by Rebecca Taylor, editor of Jewish Renaissance magazine. Please read the submission criteria below carefully before entering.

Submission Criteria

The Jewish Children’s Book Awards for story and illustration are aimed at
talented book authors and illustrators living in the UK and Europe. Submitted
work must be original and meet the criteria below. You can read the awards
criteria in FrenchGermanItalianSpanishUkrainian and Russian.

For the illustration prize:

This year we are introducing a “draw this in your style” challenge. We are inviting applicants to take this wonderful artwork (below) by Saray Garcia Rua and interpret it in their own way.

The new artwork needs to be entirely re-imagined in an individual style and be suitable for a Jewish children’s book, for readers aged 4 – 8.

Saray’s illustration is a Jewish take on the Japanese proverb of the Three Wise Monkeys: “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” We will add another interpretation of the same picture to demonstrate how her illustration can be drawn in different styles.

All submissions should be in colour and be in a portrait format.

Each submission must include a note giving your residential address, date of birth, and details of how you found out about the awards.
Each illustration must be supplied as a high-resolution jpeg or tiff and the completed submission should be emailed to

For the story prize:

As in previous years, the submitted story must be Jewish in content, either inspired or informed by Jewish history, folklore, values, festivals or texts.
The submission should be suitable for readers aged 4-8.
The author may have been published; the submitted work, however, must be unpublished in the English language and cannot be on active submission or under contract with an English language publisher before the award is announced.

The submission text can be no longer than 1200 words.
Submissions are accepted in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian and Yiddish. Each submission must include a separate note explaining the Jewish content in no more than 200 words. Ideally, this explanatory note should be submitted in English. The note should include your residential address, date of birth,
and details of how you found out about the awards.
Both the submission text and explanatory note must be in a separate word document and the completed submission should be emailed to

  • Authors/illustrators must be aged 16 or over.
  • Due to the volume of entires received, we regret that we cannot provide
    individual feedback on submissions.
  • No hardcopy submissions will be accepted.
  • Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 29th November 2024.
  • The author/illustrator retains copyright of their work.
  • Individuals may enter both the illustration and story categories but they must
    enter both categories separately – and can only submit one entry per
  • Work previously submitted for inclusion in the Jewish Children’s Book Awards
    in any previous year is not eligible to be resubmitted.
  • Submissions are invited from authors and illustrators living in the UK and Europe. If you have been displaced from your country within the last three years then please contact us directly to see if your submission can be accepted.
  • All entries must be written or drawn by an individual and must not contain any AI generated text or images.
  • The shortlist will be announced early in 2025.

For further information please contact:

Good luck!