Calling all aspiring children's book authors! The 4th annual Cheerios® New Author Contest is open for entries!

Cheerios is looking for the next great children's book by a never-before published author. Enter your story in the 2010 Cheerios New Author Contest between March 15, 2010 - July 15, 2010. Winners will be announced in March 2011. Judging criteria, contest rules and eligibility information can be found at

There is no cost to enter.

"How Do You Hug a Porcupine?" by Laurie Isop wins the 3rd annual Cheerios® New Author Contest!

Laurie Isop won the top prize for her story, "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?" In addition to winning a $5,000 cash prize from Cheerios®, Laurie will have her book published by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing Division. Laurie's book will release in 2011 as a paperback inside Cheerios boxes, and later in hardcover sold in the market.

Catch a glimpse of Laurie's Story, "How Do You Hug a Porcupine?"

Click here to read Billie Fowler's "Samuel T. Slingshot"
Click here to read Jessica Young's story "Juliet the Jellyfish"

Lori Degman was the grand prize winner of the 2nd Cheerios® New Author Contest for her story, "1 Zany Zoo". Degman, her husband and two sons live in Vernon Hills, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She grew up in Willmette, Ill., and attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., graduating with a degree in deaf education, followed by a master's degree in early childhood education from National-Lewis University. Degman started writing for pleasure 17 years ago, and picked it up again in 2007, after her two sons went to college.

Families can get Lori's book, "1 Zany Zoo," FREE inside 2.2 million boxes of Cheerios cereal, starting in spring 2010, while supplies last.

Braeuner, a resident of Nashville, Tenn., who works as a nanny for a family with four children, was washing the family dog when she came up with her idea for the story. Shellie also holds a Masters in Education and has worked as a child/adolescent  counselor and often uses stories as a way to communicate with children.

Click here to purchase The Great Dog Wash