FOR AUTHORS

Click on any grant or award below for more information and submission guidelines.

 

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, and nonfiction research.

Karen Cushman Late Bloomer AwardAn award for a work-in-progress from an unpublished author over 50.

 

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. 

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

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.