Work In Progress Grants
The SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants are designed to assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project, and are made possible by a generous grant from Amazon.com.
Grants for first place ($2000) and runner-up ($500) are awarded in each one of seven different categories:
General Work-In-Progress Grant
Grant for a contemporary novel for young people
Nonfiction research grant
Grant for work from a multi-cultural/minority perspective
Barbara Karlin Grant for unpublished picture book writers.
Don Freeman Grant for unpublished picture book illustrators.
Anna Cross Giblin Award for Nonfiction*
Grant for work by an unpublished author*
Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award *
In any given year, an applicant may apply for ONE Work-in-Progress Grant.
* You do not apply directly for these grants. They will be chosen by the judges from the entries in the other Work-In-Progress categories.
Please note: All grants must now be submitted electronically. Please read the new guidelines below carefully before applying.
Submissions: The Work-in-Progress Grants are going electronic! Only PDFs will be accepted!
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on how to make and submit your PDF.
Eligibility: The grants are available all current SCBWI members. Your membership must be current through the date the award is given (September 2013). Go to your member profile and click on "Membership Renewal" to make sure your eligible. The grants are not available for projects on which there are already contracts.
Grant Amounts: Seven Grants of $2,000 will be awarded annually, one in each category. Seven Runner-Up Grants of $500 will also be awarded, one in each category. Authors of other projects cited by the judges as noteworthy will receive a Letter of Merit. In any given year, the SCBWI Grant Committee reserves the right to withhold the grant for that year.
Deadline: Completed application and accompanying materials must be received between March 1 and March 31. The recipients of the grants will be announced in August.
Frequently Asked Questions
Application materials and full guidelines:
2013 Work-in-Progress Guidelines (PDF)
Work-in-Progress Application (.doc)
2013 Barbara Karlin Guidelines (PDF)
Barbara Karlin Application.doc
Don Freeman Guidelines (pdf)
Don Freeman Application.doc
Read here about the 2012 Winners!
Previous Grant Winners & Runners-Up
If you have any questions, please contact the awards coordinator Chelsea Confalone
By submitting your work to this award you agree to the following conditions:
You represent and warrant that all submitted work is original with you and does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any third party. You acknowledge and understand that the material you are submitting may be similar to, or competitive with material that has or may come to SCBWI from other sources. You understand and agree that you shall not be entitled to any compensation because of any use of such other similar material and release SCBWI and all its employees, agents, judges, readers, assigns and principals from any such claims including copyright and breach of confidentiality on my behalf.