Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Manuscript Awards


Manuscript Awards


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





Sue Alexander Award 


Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award is given to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication. Critiquers at the Los Angeles conference determine the finalists. A three-member panel of industry professionals makes the final selection.


The winner will have their synopsis presented to an esteemed group of hand-selected editors and agents. Only manuscripts submitted for conference manuscript critiques by full-time conference attendees are eligible; see deadline and submission guidelines, available each year, mid-May. There is no prior application process for this award. About Sue Alexander