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Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

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The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award recognizes and encourages the publication of an excellent book of poetry or anthology for children and/or young adults. This award is given every three years. SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.


Deadline: March 15, 2022 (for books published in 2019, 2020 and 2021)


Award: $1,000



You must be a current SCBWI member.

The award will be given to a book of poetry originally published in English.  It can be a book by an individual poet or poets or an anthology.  Verse novels are not eligible nor are narrative story-form picture books (They should be entered in appropriate novel or picture book SCBWI award categories.)  This award is intended specifically to recognize excellence in poetry.

Some of the poems may have been previously published, but the majority of poems should be new.



Mail one copy of your book to us. Address TBA.

Include a cover letter with the following information:
E-mail address
Phone Number
Title of Book
Publisher and publication date
Additional authors (if any)