Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Click on any grant or award below for more information and submission guidelines.

Art Spot – Selected illustrations are selected quarterly to be featured in The Bulletin.

Portfolio Awards – Given to the top portfolios submitted to the annual SCBWI Summer or Winter Conferences.

Student Illustrator Scholarship – Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

Narrative Art Award – Given annually to an illustrator of promise. Chosen by a rotating panel of judges from the SCBWI Board of Advisors

Tomie dePaola Award – The Tomie dePaola Award has come to an end. Please see this page for information on the previous years of winners.

Don Freeman Work in Progress Grant – To assist illustrators in the completion of a book dummy or portfolio.



Book Launch Award – Provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to help the promotion of their newly published work and take the marketing strategy into their own creative hands. 

Crystal Kite Awards – Peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

Golden Kite Awards – Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. 

Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant – Critically acclaimed children’s book author Jane Yolen created this grant to honor the contribution of mid-list authors. 

Magazine Merit Award – For original magazine work for young people in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and poetry. 

Martha Weston Grant – The Martha Weston Grant was established by the Hairston Family to remember author/illustrator Martha Weston. The grant helps authors and illustrators who want to switch children’s book genres.

Sid Fleischman Award – Given with the Golden Kite Awards, an award for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor.

Spark Award – An annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.

Work-in-Progress Grants – To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: picture book, general fiction, young adult fiction, multicultural stories, and nonfiction research.