Independently Published Pre-publication Grant

Provides $2,500 to help offset the price of self-publishing.

Submissions OPEN from November 1 through November 30.

Access the submission form through the AWARDS tab on your MEMBER HOME.


You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced.

Money from the grant must be used to self-publish your book, including but not limited to:

Hiring illustrators

Hiring content editors, proofreaders, and copyeditors

Hiring book designers

Book trailers

Website development

Printing and shipping costs

Publishing software

Grants will be awarded based on:

Quality and professionalism of your synopsis

Strength of your business plan

Submission Guidelines

A brief cover letter with the name of your proposed book, a 1-2 paragraph synopsis, your publication timeline, a short bio, a 1 page business plan of how the grant money will used, and 2-3 sentences about why you have chosen to self-publish this book.

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