SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Book Launch Award

 

Book Launch Award

 

The Book Launch Award provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to help the promotion of their newly published work and take the marketing strategy into their own creative hands. One to two grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded annually.  

 

SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.

 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. 

 


 

Check back soon–applications open on October 1.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

 

Eligibility: You must be a current SCBWI member. PAL and Full members are eligible and must have a book with a publication date of 2021.  

      • Money from the grant may be used to promote your book including (but not limited to):
        • Launch events
        • Speaking engagements and book tours
        • Curriculum materials
        • Advertising, posters, postcards, and other promotional marketing materials
        • Book trailers
        • Website development
        • Book donations to local schools and libraries
        • School visits 
      • Grants will be awarded based on:
        • Strong marketing and implementation plan
        • Demonstrated need (e.g. your publishing house is not dedicating a lot of marketing money for your book)
        • Quality and professionalism of your synopsis
      • Winners must use the money in the first calendar year and provide SCBWI with documentation of grant money use.

 

TO APPLY

  • Submit one PDF document which includes the following:
    • A cover letter with the name of your book, the publication date, and a short summary of the book. (One page)
    • A short synopsis of why you are applying for this grant AND your marketing plan. Include details of how the money would be used. (Two pages max)
  • Applications must not exceed THREE pages.  
  • Link to online submission portal will open on October 1.

 

FAQ 

 

Q. Are self-published authors eligible? 

A. Yes. Full and PAL members may apply.

Q. Can I apply for a book that has been published prior to the current year?   

A. No, the award is to provide a big marketing push in the year when the book is launched. 

 

Questions? Please email Sarah Diamond at sarahdiamond@scbwi.org.

 

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