The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.


Entry for books published in 2014 is now closed. VIEW THE WINNERS.



1.    You must be a current member before submissions open to nominate your book.

2.    Nominated books must be a PAL book first published within the previous calendar year. Click here for more information on PAL publishers.

3.    Self-Published books cannot be nominated.



1. Enter your book by adding it to your publications on your member profile (More info on adding your books)

2. Indicate that you would like the book entered by clicking the box.

3. We have strict anti-spamming rules. Once your book is entered you may promote the award on social media and to personal friends but you may not:

- Send e-mails to people you do not know to promote your book

- Use the SCBWI messaging system to promote your book

- Use any SCBWI discussion board or listserve to promote your book

Doing any of these will immediately flag your book for deletion in the Crystal Kite Awards.

4. Winners are announced in May in a press release and on the SCBWI website/social media.  Winners receive a crystal, engraved kite award, an opportunity to present at a regional conference, a silver sticker for their winning book, and one winner will be chosen to present at the LA Summer Conference.



1. You must be a current member to vote prior to voting opening.

2. You may only vote once per voting round.

Round One: April 1- April 14
Round Two: April 18-April 29

3.  You may only vote for a book that is in your own division:

US Divisions
· California, Hawaii
· West (Washington, Northern Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)
· Southwest (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico)
· Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio)
· New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
· New York
· Texas, Oklahoma
· Atlantic (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland)
· Mid-South (Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana)
· Southeast (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama)
International Divisions
· UK, Ireland
· Middle East, India, Asia
· Canada
· Australia, New Zealand
· Other International





Check out the Frequently Asked Question Page

Still have questions? You can e-mail Christopher Cheng, our SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Coordinator.

SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.