SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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.

 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2022.   

 


 

View the 2021 Winners
(for books published in 2020)

 

Shop the #SCBWICKA21 books HERE

 

2022 DATES 

 

  • March 21, 2022: Submission deadline.
  • March 31, 2022: Preview period closes.
  • April 1, 2022: Round 1 voting begins.
  • April 14, 2022 (5pm PDT): Round 1 voting ends.
  • April 18, 2022: Round 2 voting begins.
  • April 30, 2022 (5pm PDT): Round 2 voting ends.
  • May 2022: Winners announced.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

 

Eligibility:

  • 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.

 

Guidelines:

  • 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.

 

VOTING 

 

  • 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).

 

DIVISIONS 

 

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)

 

International:

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

 

FAQ 

 

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

For social media posts, use #SCBWI21CK.

 

Further questions? Please email Christopher Cheng, our SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Coordinator, at christophercheng@scbwi.org

 

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.