Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Golden Kite Submission Guidelines for Individuals



To be eligible to submit your book(s) for the Golden Kite Award, and/or the Sid Fleischman Award, you must be a current member of the SCBWI with your membership current through 12/31/19. If  you are a member now but your membership is scheduled to expire before 12/31/19, you will need to renew your membership in order to be eligible for the award.

Only books written or translated into English are accepted.

All entries must be in final published and bound form, having been published within the 2019 calendar year, and bearing a copyright date of 2019. Advanced Reader Copies (“ARCs” or “galleys”) or typed material will not be accepted.

The SCBWI encourages publishers to submit books to the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards competition directly, and most publishers receive a packet of materials and submission instructions from the SCBWI Executive Office.

If your publisher is unable to submit your book, you may enter by sending four (4) copies of the book with a brief letter stating which category you are submitting to (Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction for Younger Readers, Nonfiction for Older Readers, Picture Book Text, Picture Book Illustration).

You may submit your book to ONE category only, except in the case of Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration. If you would like to submit a book to both the Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration categories, you’ll need to send eight (8) copies of the book. Please note that for a book to be eligible for both the Picture Book Text and Picture Book Illustration categories, the author and the illustrator must be members of the SCBWI through 2/1/19.

All submissions for books published January-June 2019, must be received by June 30, 2019.

All submissions for books published July-December 2019, must be received by November 15, 2019.

Send eligible submissions to:

SCBWI Golden Kite Awards
6363 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 425
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Please direct questions to Golden Kite Coordinator,