WIP Frequently Asked Questions


APPLICATION PROCESS

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.

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.

Is it helpful to include a resume, C.V. or list of publications? No.

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.

 

Writing Sample

Do I need to put my name at the top of each page? No, because the entire appliation is saved as a single file you only need your name on the cover page and in the body of your email.

I need to use an additional ½ page, page 11, to complete the chapter. Will I be disqualified? Any application packet 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 grant, 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 Barbara Karlin grant 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 Grant is strictly for picture book text and no illustrations will be accepted.

 

ELIGIBILITY

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 for a grant? 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 for a grant? 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 for a grant? 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 a WIP Grant? You can still apply but understand that if the project comes under contract before the grant is awarded you must withdraw your application.

Can I continue to circulate the project I submitted for a WIP Award? Yes. However, if you recieve 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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