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Children's Book Writers
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Crystal Kite Award


Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards


The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.





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2023 DATES 


  • March 21 – Submission deadline.
  • March 31 – Preview period closes.
  • April 1 – Round 1 voting begins.
  • April 14 (5pm PDT) – Round 1 voting ends.
  • April 18 – Round 2 voting begins.
  • April 30 (5pm PDT) – Round 2 voting ends.
  • May 2023 – Winners announced.





  • You must be a current member to nominate your book and at the time the award announcement is made. 
  • Nominated books must be a PAL book first published within the previous calendar year. Click here for more information on PAL publishers.
  • Self-published books cannot be nominated.



  • Enter your book by adding it to your publications on your member profile. More info on adding your books here.
  • Indicate that you would like the book entered by checking the “Crystal Kite” box.
  • We have strict anti-spamming rules. Once your book is entered you may promote the Award, but not your specific title, on social media and to personal friends. You may not:
    • Send emails to people you do not know to promote your book.
    • Use the SCBWI messaging system to promote your book.
    • Use any SCBWI discussion board of listserv to promote your book. 
    • Doing any of these will immediately flag your book for deletion in the Crystal Kite Awards. 
  • Winners are announced in May in a press release and on the SCBWI website/social media.  Winners receive a crystal, engraved kite award, an opportunity to present at a regional conference, a silver sticker for their winning book, and one winner will be chosen to present at the SCBWI Summer Conference.




  • You must be a current member to vote.
  • You may only vote once per voting round.
    • Round 1: April 1 – April 15
    • Round 2: April 18 – April 30
  • You may only vote for a book that is in your own division (divisions below).




United States:

  • Atlantic (Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland)
  • California, Hawaii
  • Midsouth (Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio)
  • New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
  • New York
  • Southeast (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama)
  • Southwest (Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Southern Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico)
  • Texas, Oklahoma
  • West (Washington, Northern Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota)



  • Australia, New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Europe, Latin America, Africa
  • Middle East, India, Asia
  • United Kingdom, Ireland




Check out the Crystal Kite FAQ page here, which includes voting instructions. 

For social media posts, use #SCBWI22CK.


Further questions? Please email Christopher Cheng, our SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Coordinator, at


VIEW PAST WINNERS AND FINALISTSand our growing Crystal Kite Photo Gallery.

For interviews with our winners, visit the SCBWI Blog here and here.

For Crystal Kite posters, go here.