Don Freeman Illustrator Grants

Don Freeman was a renowned illustrator and an early supporter of SCBWI.  He established this award to enable picture book illustrators to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre. 


Award: Two grants of $1,000 each will be awarded annually. One grant to a published illustrator and one to an pre-published illustrator. The money may be used in any way to help you complete your project. Acceptable uses include: purchasing art supplies, enrollment in workshops or conferences, courses in advanced illustrating or writing techniques, travel for research or to expose work to publishers/art directors, or childcare.

Deadline: Completed application and accompanying materials must be sent no earlier than March 1, 2015 and must be RECEIVED BY March 31, 2015

Eligibility: The Don Freeman Work-In-Progress Grants are available to all members of the SCBWI, regardless of membership level, who are working on a picture book or their portfolio. They are not available for projects on which there is already a contract.

Application Procedure:

All applications must be digital. Your submission must be sent as a single PDF.

Requirements for published illustrators: A rough picture book dummy that includes the entire text of the story and two finished illustrations.  The dummy should show your ability to convey the mood of the story, show action, illuminate characterization and indicate an understanding of story pacing.

Requirements for pre-published illustrators: Ten finished illustrations that would make a suitable portfolio presentation expressly intended for children’s picture books. At least 8 illustrations must be in color. Images provided should represent your personal illustration style. Or a rough picture book dummy that includes the entire text of the story and two finished illustrations.  The dummy should show your ability to convey the mood of the story, show action, illuminate characterization and indicate an understanding of story pacing.                                                                      

Send ONE of the above as a single PDF titled with your name to: Sarahbaker@scbwi.org. The naming format is as follows: first name_last name.pdf

Put Don Freeman Grant and Published or Pre-published in the subject line of your email.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES CAREFULLY.

ENTRIES NOT IN COMPLIANCE MAY BE DECLARED INELIGIBLE.

Please contact Sarah Baker (sarahbaker@scbwi.org) if you have any questions about the submission process.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted. In any given year, the SCBWI reserves the right to withhold either or both of the grants for that year.

Submissions to the 2014 Don Freeman Grant are now closed. If you entered but have not gotten a confirmation email, please contact Sarah Baker immediately. The winners of the grant will be announced by August 1.