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Work-in-Progress Awards

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The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Awards assist children’s book writers, illustrators, and translators in the publication of a specific project currently not under contract. SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.


Congratulations to this year’s winners!

View 2020 Work-in-Progress Award Winners


The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts from the members of the SCBWI. One winner in each of the following 7 categories will be selected.

-Picture Book Text

-Chapter Books/Early Readers

-Middle Grade

-Young Adult Fiction

-Nonfiction (Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Award)

-Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction



Award: The works submitted by winners will be made available on a secure webpage and presented to a hand-selected group of editors for their consideration. Although this is not a guarantee of publication, the opportunity to have your work presented to acquiring editors, along with an SCBWI endorsement, is a unique opportunity.


Deadline Update

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted March 15 – April 15, Midnight PDT 2021 only.




1. You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced.

2. You may not submit a work that is under contract.  If the work becomes under contract before the award is announced, you will become ineligible.

3. Each member may submit only one manuscript to the WIP awards each year. (The Cushman grant is an exception, you can apply for this grant in addition to the primary WIP)

4. Illustrators can apply for one of the Don Freeman Grants.  You may not apply for both the Don Freeman and the picture book category of the WIP Award.

5. Applying to the Cushman Grant? Simply send TWO email submissions. One with Cushman in the subject line and your name and one with the WIP category you choose and your name. That’s it! You will not receive an automated confirmation.

6. If you are self-published you may submit to the WIP.

7. Translators should apply in the Translation category of the WIP. Submit a translation into English of a text that fits one of the following categories: Picture Book, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction. As part of your cover page/synopsis, identify the text’s category. In addition, give its genre, original author and language, original publisher and publication date (if published), and rights status (if known). Please also describe why this text needs to be translated into English now. What is its relevance for the market?



Submission Guidelines:


1. Please submit your application via our online submission portal. Link will open on March 15. Please include all info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT.  We will NOT accept a Word Document.


1. A cover page that contains:

Your name

Manuscript Title

Grant Category

A double-spaced synopsis, max 250 words

Put all of these elements in ONE PDF Document

2. The first 10 pages (US letter size) of your completed manuscript with page numbers in the bottom corner. You must have a complete draft to submit. Please include your name (First_Last) in the upper corner of your 10 pages.

Your manuscript sample must be double-spaced and cannot exceed 10 pages. WE DO NOT NEED A SEPARATE TITLE PAGE. YOUR COVER PAGE DOUBLES AS A TITLE PAGE. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman font. Your submission with total 11 pages: Cover page + 10 mansucript pages.

3. Please label your PDF as Category First Name_Last Name (example: MG Mary_Ford)

4. Upload ONE PDF for each category. Link will be available HERE when submissions open.



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Winners will be announced in early October.