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The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Grants assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract.


Award: 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: Applications may be submitted March 1-March 31, 2015

Eligibility: The grant is open to authors with a current work-in-progress. Illustrators can apply for one of the Don Freeman Grants

Winners will be announced in early August.

 

Categories:

Text Only:

-Picture Book Text (Barbara Karlin Grant)

-General Fiction

-Contemporary young adult novel

-Multi-cultural fiction

-Nonfiction research

Additional Text Awards (you may apply for these in addition to the text categories above):

Karen Cushman Grant (for an unpublished author over 50) (To apply for this you will send an additional application to the same address with "Cushman" in the subject line)

Anna Cross Giblin Award for Nonfiction (you do not send an additional application, this is chosen from all applications submitted to the Nonfiction category)

Unpublished Author Award (you do not send an additional application, this is chosen from all applications by unpublished authors across all the other text categories)

For Illustrators:

Don Freeman Illustrator Grants

 

Guidelines:

1. You must be an SCBWI member through September of the application year.

2. Only electronic submissions in the form of ONE PDF will be accepted. No snail mail.

3. You may not submit a work that is under contract.  If the work becomes under contract before the winner is announced, you will become ineligible.

4. You may submit to only one WIP grant category per year.

 

Application Procedure for TEXT ONLY: (Click here for Illustrator Guidelines)

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY, APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED

All applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF

Title the PDF with your name (first_last.pdf).

Send the PDF as an attachment.

Put the category you are applying to (General, Contemporary, Multi-cultural, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text) in the subject line of the email.

Put your full name and the name of your manuscript in the body of the email.

Send your application to: wipgrant@scbwi.org

 

YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

1. A one page cover letter with a synopsis.

The cover letter must include the following:

Your name
Manuscript Title
Grant Category
If you are Published or Unpublished
Anticipated word count and age level
A double-spaced synopsis

The letter must be the first page of your application and be formatted as in the template below:

WIP Cover Letter Template

Sample WIP Cover Letter

The cover letter cannot exceed one page

2. The first 10 pages of your completed manuscript.

Your manuscript must be double spaced and cannot exceed 10 pages.

You will send your application to: wipgrant@scbwi.org

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Other questions? Write to grants@scbwi.org

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