Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Magazine Merit


Magazine Merit Award


The SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards are presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators annually for original magazine work for young people. Each year, the SCBWI presents four plaques, one in each category of fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and poetry, each year to honor members’ outstanding original magazine work published during that year. The works chosen are those that exhibit excellence in writing and illustration, and genuinely appeal to the interests and concerns of young people.  


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


Congratulations to the 2020 winners.

Fiction: “The Fog Test” by Pamela Love

Poetry: “Moving Day Villanelle” by Carol L. MacKay

Nonfiction: “Powder Art” by Viji K. Chary

Illustration: “Saving the village bicycle” by Hatem Aly



2021 winners will be announced in March.

2022 submissions open in December 2022.





  • Applicants must be current SCBWI members.
  • Every magazine work for young people – writer, artist, or photographer – is eligible during the year of original publication. In the case of co-authored work, both authors must be SCBWI members. 



Apply HERE.

Members must submit their own work. Required is a single PDF containing the following:

  • (a) The work in published form 
  • (b) Proof of publication showing the name of the magazine and date of issue (contents page or verification from editor).
  • (c) Cover sheet containing: the member’s name as listed by the SCBWI, mailing address and phone number, title of entry, category (fiction, nonfiction, illustration, or poetry), name of publication, and date of issue.
  • (d) When submitting multiple entries, combine in a single PDF 



Questions? Please email Sarah Diamond at