SCBWI Announces the Winner of the Sue Alexander Award and Most Promising Picture Book Award

Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critiques by editors and agents at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Sue Alexander Award is given to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication. The Picture Book Award is given to the picture book manuscript with the most promise.

Sue Alexander Award

WINNER: “Jeezus Geeks & Rainbow Freaks” by Christine DeHerrera (YA Realistic Fiction)

In this YA anthem for Generation Z, four LGBTQ teens hit the road to rescue a friend. As they say goodbye to safe, and start to #QuestionEverything, they discover falling in love with themselves is the unexpected answer. 


Most Promising Picture Book

WINNER: “This Door” by Meg Fleming

Through the eyes of a dog, “This Door” tells the tale of a neighborhood pup on a door-to-door mission for a big adventure and good smells. While possibilities may be endless, our pup finds there's only one door that truly wags his tail. “This Door” is a poignant manuscript about the lure of adventure and the importance of home. 


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About Sue Alexander

Sue Alexander was the first member to join SCBWI and was vitally involved with the organization from its inception to her death in 2008. Her responsibilities for SCBWI included, among others, serving as Chairperson of the Board of Advisors (thirty-three years), managing the office (twenty years), coordinating—with Lin Oliver—the August conference in California (twenty-five years), and coordinating the Golden Kite Awards (twenty-five years). She was the author of more than twenty-five books for young people, including World Famous MurielSmall Plays for Special DaysWitch, Goblin and Sometimes GhostSara’s City and award-winners Lila on the LandingNadia the Willful; and Behold the Trees. In addition to her books, she wrote stories for magazines and for the Los Angeles Times "Kids’ Reading Room" several times a year.