Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Weston Grant


Martha Weston Grant


The Martha Weston Grant was established by the Hairston Family to remember author/illustrator Martha Weston.  Martha published over fifty picture books and her first middle grade novel shortly before her death. This grant encourages authors and illustrators to nurture their creativity in a different genre of children’s books. 


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


SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Will reopen in 2022.   





  • You must be a current SBCWI member and a PAL published author or illustrator trying another genre of children’s books. For example, a picture book illustrator might like to write a middle grade novel or a YA author might like to write a picture book. 
  • In the body of the email, please send a 500 to 1000 word letter telling us about your publishing history, how you are switching genres, concrete information about what you want to work on and why, and what you hope to gain from the conference. The winner will be notified by July 1st and will be announced in the SCBWI Bulletin, at the Summer Conference, and on SCBWI social networks. 
  • Only email submissions (with no attachments) will be accepted. No snail mail, please. 

Email submissions to Martha Weston Grant Coordinator, Lissa Rovetch at