Don Freeman was a renowned illustrator and an early supporter of SCBWI. He established this award to enable picture book illustrators to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre.
Submissions now closed
Award: Two grants of $1,000 each will be awarded annually. One grant to a published illustrator and one to an pre-published illustrator. The money may be used in any way to help you complete your project. Acceptable uses include: purchasing art supplies, enrollment in workshops or conferences, courses in advanced illustrating or writing techniques, travel for research or to expose work to publishers/art directors, or childcare.
Deadline: March 1 – April 15, 2021
Eligibility: The Don Freeman Work-In-Progress Grants are available to all members of the SCBWI, regardless of membership level, who are working on a picture book or their portfolio. They are not available for projects on which there is already a contract. If the dummy you submitted to the grant does receive a contract, please contact Sarah Baker to be removed from the grant.
All submissions must be digital. Your submission must be sent as a single PDF.
Requirements for published illustrators: A rough picture book dummy that includes the entire text of the story, fully illustrated with sketches, and two finished illustrations in place (Not seperately or at the end). The dummy should show your ability to convey the mood of the story, show action, illuminate characterization and indicate an understanding of story pacing.
Requirements for pre-published illustrators: Ten finished illustrations that would make a suitable portfolio presentation expressly intended for children’s picture books. At least 8 illustrations must be in color. Images provided should represent your personal illustration style. Or a rough picture book dummy that includes the entire text of the story, fully illustrated with sketches, and two finished illustrations in place (Not seperately or at the end). The dummy should show your ability to convey the mood of the story, show action, illuminate characterization and indicate an understanding of story pacing.
Send ONE of the above as a single PDF titled with your name to: Sarahbaker@scbwi.org. The naming format is as follows: first name_last name.pdf (The pdf must be an attachment, we will not accept links to files.)
Put “Don Freeman Grant” and “Published” or “Pre-published” in the subject line of your email.
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE PROCEDURES CAREFULLY.
ENTRIES NOT IN COMPLIANCE MAY BE DECLARED INELIGIBLE.
Contact Sarah Baker (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the submission process.
Commonly asked questions about the Don Freeman Grant:
Q. I illustrated a book that another SCBWI member wrote. Can we both submit to the Don Freeman Grant?
A. The Don Freeman Grant is just for illustrators. The author can submit the manuscript to the SCBWI WIP picture book manuscript grant.
Q. I illustrated a self-published book. Which category do I fall into?
A. For general SCBWI purposes, self-published counts as published. But, for the specific purpose of this grant, we consider you “published” if you’ve been published in the children’s market and the project had a professional editorial process. So usually we do not count self-published as published. Ultimately, it is up to you which category you enter yourself in. But that is our guideline.
*If you have questions about the format of a digital book dummy, please refer to our article in The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children on How to Create a Digital Book Dummy.
In any given year, the SCBWI reserves the right to withhold either or both of the grants for that year.