Can I submit more than one manuscript? No, each member can only submit ONE manuscript to the WIP awards.
But can I submit the same manuscript to multiple categories? No, you can only submit one manuscript per year regardless of category. An exception is the Karen Cushman Award. This is a separate award. If you are over 50 you can submit your same manuscript to this award in addition to the WIP awards.
Should the synopsis describe the entire work? Yes. The purpose of the synopsis it to lay out the shape and construction of the entire work.
Should I still include a synopsis for a Picture Book? Yes, just provide a brief description of the book and intended audience. You can also include information about the market but this is not required. Example: Hay is For Horses is the story of two country horses lost in the big city, it is intended for children ages 3-8. It would be the only horse picture book on the market.
Can the synopsis exceed one page as long as the entire application is less than 10? No, the first page with synopsis can be no longer than a single page.
In my synopsis for a non-fiction work can I include what else is available on the topic and why I think the topic is valuable? Yes.
Can the synopsis be single-spaced? The synopsis must be double-spaced like the writing sample.
In the past I was asked to provide a career summary where does that go now? You no longer need to provide your career summary, the applications will be based on strength of writing alone.
My manuscript is a picture book, should I include the entire text? Yes, for a Picture Book application you would include the entire work, fit into no more than 10 pages. If you want to indicate page breaks you can do so but it is not necessary.
I need to use an additional ½ page, page 11, to complete the chapter. Will I be disqualified? Any application in excess of 11 pages total will be disqualified.
My project is a novel in poetry. Does my writing sample need to be double-spaced? Poetry may be submitted single-spaced, which is the professional standard.
Since a nonfiction proposal does not have all the research done, how much do the judges really expect to see on the writing sample? Applicants must have completed sufficient research to write the initial chapters and provide a detailed synopsis.
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION PROCESS
Can I still send in a paper application? No, only PDFs will be accepted
How do I turn my word document into a PDF? Go to "Save As" and select PDF from the drop-down menu
How should I submit my application? Email your application to the address that will be posted after March 1. You must send your application and materials as a single PDF. Title the PDF with your name (first_last.pdf). Make sure you put the category you are applying to in the subject line of the email.
How do you define "multi-cultural"? For this award, multi-cultural is defined in the traditional sense as ethnic/family culture. The manuscript must highlight characters/perspectives from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America. (American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander)
I am an author and illustrator should I apply for the Picture Book or Don Freeman grant? If you feel your illustrations are your strong suit, you should apply for the Don Freeman grant, if you feel you are more of an author, the Picture Book Work-in-Progress award is best.
I am an illustrator what grant should I apply for? You should apply for the Don Freeman Work-In-Progress Grant if you are submitting solely illustration or text and illustration. The Picture Book Work-In-Progress Award is strictly for picture book text and no illustrations will be accepted.
What does “Work-in-Progress” mean? A work-in-progress (for purposes of this award) is a fully developed, polished piece of writing ready for editorial consideration.
Doesn’t that mean a writer needs to do all the work before even applying for a award? When we say “polished” what we mean is that the piece is not in first draft form or just a loose idea for a story. We strongly recommend the manuscript has been through at least one critique with the person’s critique group, writing partner or friend. By calling it a “work-in-progress” the writer acknowledges the fact that before publication, rewriting and perhaps additional research will be necessary.
I plan to join SCBWI but am not yet a member. Can I still apply? No. You must first be a member. Click on the “Join Now” button above to become a member instantly.
My membership will soon expire, can I still apply? Your membership must be active through September, when the award is granted, to be eligible to apply. Log in to your profile and click on "Membership Renewal" to renew.
I am an SCBWI member but my writing partner is not. Can we still apply? Yes. The SCBWI member would submit the application on behalf of the pair. If you are both SCBWI members, you would still only submit one application.
I have a book that editors are interested in, but no one has offered me a contract on it. Can I use it to apply for the WIP? You can still apply but understand that if the project comes under contract before the award is announced you must withdraw your application.
Can I continue to circulate the project I submitted for a WIP Award? Yes. However, if you receive a contract after the deadline but during the judging process you would need to withdraw your application.
Is it ok if I have self-published the work? No, the work cannot already be in published form.
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