The Anna Cross Giblin award was established by SCBWI board member Jim Giblin in honor of his late mother, Anna Cross Giblin.
"I proposed the original SCBWI nonfiction research grant, and helped to fund it for many years. I then established a separate nonfiction award in honor of my mother, Anna Cross Giblin. What did she do to inspire this award? Well, she was the person who introduced me to children's books and reading. She was also a strong supporter of my first career as a children's book editor, first at Lothrop, Lee & Shepard and then for twenty-three years as editor-in-chief of children's books at Clarion. She was an even more staunch backer of my second career as a writer of nonfiction books for children and young adults, starting in 1980 with the publication of my first book, THE SCARECROW BOOK, and continuing until her death at 89 in 1987. When I was seeking a way to pay tribute to Mother, I couldn't think of a better way than to found, with SCBWI, an award in her name that would provide help to other nonfiction writers as Mother had provided spiritual help to me."
You do not apply directly for this award, rather is is chosen from among the entrees to the Work-in-Progress nonfiction category.