Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Crystal Kite Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register for the Crystal Kite Awards?

You can enter your book from your member homepage by following THESE DIRECTIONS.
Only books from current members are eligible for these awards.


If my book has been entered into the Golden Kites do I have to enter it again into the Crystal Kites?

Yes you do. The Golden Kites and the Crystal Kites Member Choice Awards are two separate awards.


What is PAL?

PAL stands for “Published and Listed.” Click here for more information, including how to list your publisher if it is not listed.


I have PAL membership status. Are my books eligible?

Once you have a PAL published book you are always a PAL member, but not all books are eligible. Only books that are published by PAL publishers are eligible for the award.
In addition, to be eligible for the award, the publisher must be listed as a PAL publisher by the start of the Preview period for the current Crystal Kite year.


How do I know if my publisher is PAL?

A list of the current PAL publishers can be found on the drop-down list when adding your book.


Is a self-published book eligible?

No. These awards are only for PAL published books (even if the member has PAL status). Self-published books should be entered into the Spark Award. Anthologies and audio books are also not eligible.


How do I know if my book has been entered?

If you checked the Submit to Crystal Kite checkbox on the Edit Book page, then your title will be considered for entry. Please note all eligible titles must meet the criteria that are listed on the Crystal Kite Awards page. Please note that only the member (author or illustrator) who created the title can nominate the book for entry into the Crystal Kites.
Please follow THESE DIRECTIONS to see that you have entered the title and publishing details correctly. If your publisher is NOT a PAL publisher, the Crystal Kite checkbox will not appear.


Is there a submission deadline?

Yes, there is a submission deadline.  The submission deadline is March 21, of the voting year.  That date is also noted beside the “Submit to Crystal Kites” checkbox on the Edit Book page.


Can I advise people to vote for my book?

We want you to promote and publicize the Crystal Kite Awards and remind people to vote! We just can’t allow promotion or publicizing of individual titles. For example, you can tweet, Facebook, and otherwise state: “Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the Crystal Kite Awards!” or words to that effect. However, publicizing a specific title will lead to disqualification of that title.


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 or listserv to promote your book

Doing any of these will immediately flag your book for deletion from the Crystal Kite Awards.


Can both the author and the illustrator nominate the book?

Yes, as long as they are current SCBWI members. If both members are in the same Division and appear in the nominating list, their votes will be combined for determining Round 2 eligibility. If the creators are in separate Divisions, they can each nominate the title in their Division.


Do I have to nominate my book for the Crystal Kite Awards?

No. Entry into the Crystal Kite Awards is optional. However, you should still add your book data so that the details show up in your profile.


Why can’t I access the manage My Profile page to nominate my books?

You first need to login to the site. If you can’t login then check that you are using the correct email address and/or password. If this is a problem, contact a staff member at 323-782-1010.


How do I change the image for my cover?

Go to “My Home.” At the bottom of the page is the list of your titles. Select the book you whose cover image you want to change, then click on the Edit link. That will bring up the details of the book, and then you simply replace the existing image with the correct one.


How do I change the details of my book?

Go to ‘My Home.” Choose the title to be edited and click on the Edit link. That will bring up the details of the book, and then you simply insert the correct details.


The cover image will not upload. What is the problem?

Please ensure that the image is in the correct format (.jpg or .gif or .png), that it is below 4MB, and that there are no strange symbols in the image name (eg: symbols like “, ‘, or ,).


Now that I have entered the details for my book, do I need to send a hard copy to SCBWI?

No. Once details are entered into your profile the book is entered.


I have entered my title twice. Is this a problem?

You should have just one listing for the title on your profile page. To correct this, enter your profile page and then click on the Delete button to remove the title from the database. Remember to delete the title you do not want.


I have had more than one title published this year. Do I have to choose just one?

No. You can nominate all your titles.


Can you confirm that the details of my title are entered?

Click on the Edit button next to the book in My Home and make sure you have clicked YES to submit the title for the award. Before voting begins there will be a week-long preview period when you can view all the titles entered in your division.


My book has been reprinted. Is it eligible for these awards?

No, the eligible books must be first run.


How do I vote in the Crystal Kite Awards?

When voting begins there will be a link to vote from your “My Home” page.

Please note that you must be logged in to vote.

You can only vote for the titles in YOUR Division.
You can only vote ONCE in each round.
To cast your vote:

log on to Once you are on your Member Home page, go to the left navigation bar, scroll to the bottom and click on Vote in the Crystal Kite Awards. That takes you right to the voting page where all of the books in your Division appear. Then click the VOTE FOR THIS BOOK button below your chosen book and you are done!


Can all members vote in the Crystal Kite Awards?

Yes they can.


Still have a question? Then please don’t hesitate to email Christopher Cheng, Board of Advisors Member and Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Coordinator.