Russell Freedman Award

The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World, given to a work of nonfiction that contributes to our understanding of how to make our world and society better.

Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World

In honor of the late Russell Freedman, Newbery Award winner and one of the modern masters of narrative nonfiction, we are happy to announce the opening of The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World.

The winner will receive a prize of $2500 plus $500 to purchase copies of the winning book for distribution to schools and libraries, recognition in all SCBWI publications, and a virtual forum to give a speech before the entire children’s book community. Any nonfiction book published for children or young adults, released between January 1 and December 31, 2024, is eligible. If both an author and illustrator are listed on the book cover, the prize will be split between them.

You do not have to be a member of SCBWI to submit. However, your book must be published by a publisher on the SCBWI PAL list.

Submissions will open on July 1st, 2024 and will close on September 15th, 2024.

  • Submissions received before July 1st, 2024 or after September 15th, 2024 will not be considered.


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