Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Jane Yolen Grant

Critically acclaimed children’s book author Jane Yolen created this grant to honor the contribution of mid-list authors.  The grant awards $3,000 to mid-list authors and aims to help raise awareness about their current works-in-progress.  Jane was the first SCBWI Regional Advisor and sat on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners, Alethea Kontis and Tanuja Desai Hidier



Applications are due November 1. 



1.    You must be a current member who has published at least two PAL books, but has not sold anything for at least five years.

2.    Two winners will share the $3,000 grant. (Winners and/or runners-up are given at the discretion of SCBWI.)

3.    Winners will be announced at the SCBWI New York Winter Conference and featured in the Bulletin, on the SCBWI website, and on SCBWI social networks.

4. Click to download the Jane Yolen Application and fill it out completely. E-MAIL APPLICATIONS ONLY. Include your CAREER STATEMENT in the body of the e-mail. Send application to Deadline is November 1.


Questions? Grants and Awards Coordinator Sarah Diamond



2012: Mary Whittington, author of Carmina Come Dance, The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child.

2013: Eve Feldman, author of Billy and Milly, Short and Silly, and Dog Crazy.

2014: Sanna Stanley, writer and illustrator of such works as Monkey for Sale and Monkey Sunday.

2015: Sallie Wolf and Karen Coombs

2016: Jan Peck, author of The Green Mother Goose

2018: Pegi Deitz Shea, Cynthia Cotten, and Deb Lund


SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.