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The second ABC Children's Book Competition enters the final phase as Internet voting begins. The winner of the competitionÂ?s internet vote will walk away with a prize package valued at more than $30,000, and that for the illustrations and production of the book.

The second ABC Children's Book Competition enters the final phase as Internet voting begins. The winner of the competition’s internet vote will walk away with a prize package valued at more than $30,000, and that for the illustrations and production of the book.

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You can put your vote where it will do the most good by voting for your favorite children’s picture book story in the 2nd Annual ABC’s Children’s Picture Book Competition. The winner of the competition’s internet vote will walk away with a prize package valued at more than $30,000, and that for the illustrations and production of the book. The winner will also get 3,000 copies of the book for their own use.

“This competition is meant to find a children’s story that is a diamond in the rough and turn it into a gem that becomes a best seller,” said Rita Mills, Executive Director of The ABC’s. "Each story has a team effort in the form of an author and an illustrator who work together to gather votes for their story. The little stories are delightful and the art that accompanies them In reality, unless we receive over 15,000 entries, an author has a better chance of getting published by winning our competition than by shipping manuscripts all over the country and waiting for rejection letters.” “And, they will have a lot more fun with this competition.”

Finalists include several participants from Texas because the competition is based in Houston, but we have finalists from Rhode Island, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio. This year we became international with entries from four different countries, and one of the illustrator finalists is from Australia.

The winner of the first competition, 12 Dog Days of Christmas in New York City, was selected in August, 2004, and will be published in 2006.

To view the finalists in the competition and vote for your favorite, please visit the competition website at ABCbookcompetition.org.

The deadline for the 3rd competition is midnight, November 30, 2005.

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