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


2014 Work-in-Progress Grant Winners

2015 awards open March 1, 2015. Please see new guidelines below.

The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts from the members of the SCBWI. The selected works will receive a special platform to be showcased to the most prestigious publishing houses in the field.

We will choose 1 winner and up to 5 honorable mentions in each of the following 6 categories.

Categories:

-Picture Book Text

-Chapter Books/Early Readers

-Middle Grade

-Young Adult Fiction

-Nonfiction

-Multi-Cultural Fiction or Nonfiction

Award:

The works submitted by winners and honorable mention recipients will be made available on a secure webpage and presented to a hand-selected group of editors for their consideration. Although this is not a guarantee of publication, the opportunity to have your work presented to acquiring editors, along with an SCBWI endorsement, is a rare and much prized opportunity.

Deadline:  Applications may be submitted March 1-March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in September.

Eligibility: 

You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced in September.

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

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

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

Guidelines:

IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOUR APPLICATION FOLLOWS THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY.

1. You must submit your application electronically in the form of ONE PDF.

YOUR PDF APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:

1. A first page that contains:

Your name

Manuscript Title

Grant Category

A double-spaced synopsis, max 250 words

2. The first 10 pages of your completed manuscript.

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

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

TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Email your completed application to: wipgrant@scbwi.org

Put the category you are applying to in the subject line of the email.

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

Send the PDF as an attachment to your email

Email your completed application to: wipgrant@scbwi.org

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Other questions? Write to grants@scbwi.org

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