Manuscript Awards


Sue Alexander Award

Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award is given to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication. Critiquers at the Los Angeles conference determine the finalists. Until her death in July 2008, Ms. Alexander made the final selection. Now, a three-member panel from Sue's writing group of 20 years makes a final selection after the conference.

The winner will have their synopsis presented to an esteemed group of hand-selected editors and agents. Only manuscripts submitted for conference manuscript critiques by full-time conference attendees are eligible; see deadline and submission guidelines, available each year, mid-May. There is no prior application process for this award.

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Promising Picture Book Award

Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Promising Picture Book Award is given to a picture book manuscript deemed most promising for publication. Critiquers at the Los Angeles conference nominate the finalists. A three-member panel of writers make the final selection after the conference.

The winner recieves $500 to help them finish their manuscript and submit it to publishers.

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