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The SCBWI offers many awards and grants to help authors and illustrators throughout their careers. We also offer grants to help bring literacy to the community. Click on any grant or award below for more information and submission guidelines.

 

FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Book Launch Award - Provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to help the promotion of their newly published work and take the marketing strategy into their own creative hands.

Crystal Kite Awards - Peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

Golden Kite Awards - Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. 

Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant - Critically acclaimed children’s book author Jane Yolen created this grant to honor the contribution of mid-list authors. NOW OPEN

Magazine Merit Award - For original magazine work for young people in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and poetry. NOW OPEN

Martha Weston Grant - The Martha Weston Grant was established by the Hairston Family to remember author/illustrator Martha Weston. The grant helps authors and illustrators who want to switch children's book genres.

Sid Fleischman Award - Given with the Golden Kite Awards, an award for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor.

Spark Award - An annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.

​Work-in-Progress Grants - To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: picture book text, picture book illustration, general fiction, young adult fiction, multi-cultural stories, and nonfiction research.

 

FOR AUTHORS

Manuscript Awards - Given in conjunction with the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles for promising manuscripts.

Emerging Voices Award - Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

Student Writer Scholarship - Conference tuition for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. 

Work-in-Progress Grants - To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: picture book text, picture book illustration, general fiction, young adult fiction, multi-cultural stories, nonfiction research, unpublished author and unpublished author over 50.

 

FOR ILLUSTRATORS

Art Spot - Selected illustrations are selected bi-monthly to be featured in The Bulletin. NOW OPEN

Portfolio Awards - Given to the top portfolios submitted to the annual SCBWI Summer or Winter Conferences.

Student Illustrator Scholarship - Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

Tomie dePaola Award - Given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself based on a given prompt. NOW OPEN

Don Freeman Work in Progress Grant - To assist illustrators in the completion of a book dummy or portfolio.

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Amber Brown - The Amber Brown Grant commemorates author and beloved school speaker, Paula Danziger.  Two schools are awarded each year with an author or illustrator visit and new books to continue Paula’s love of connecting children with creative influences.

Tribute Fund - The SCBWI Tribute Fund commemorates members of the children’s book community, their lives, and their work by funding all-expense scholarships to the SCBWI International Summer and Winter Conferences for the general membership. 

 

GRANTS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Emerging Voices Award - Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

Multi-Cultural Work-in-Progress Grant - To assist children’s book writers in the completion of a manuscript that features a voice traditionally underrepresented in children's books.

 

GRANTS FOR STUDENTS

Student Illustrator Scholarship - Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

Student Illustrator Scholarship - Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.