Grants Made Available To Writers And Illustrators For Works Not Currently Under Contract
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2018 Work-In-Progress Grants. Works by authors and artists in the categories of Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction are eligible.
Young Adult Fiction:
Nadia’s War by Teddi Ahrens
In this gripping historical account, fourteen-year-old Nadia struggles to survive the siege of Leningrad.
Growing Up Darwin by April Jo Cervetti
A peek at the childhood of the great Charles Darwin, and his awkward, relatable, surprisingly silly adventures.
Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction:
Soledad Strikes Back by Lupe Ruiz-Flores
In the aftermath of the Great Depression, eleven-year-old Sol strikes for better conditions in the Texan pecan-shelling factory where she works.
Picture Book Text:
Taking Up Space: Yoga Shape Poems by Joanne Durham
In a clever beginner guide for kids, twenty playful poems are laid out in the shape of yoga poses.
Middle Grade Fiction:
Master Mo: The Book of Joy by Angie Chan
A twelve-year-old Taekwondo champion disguises herself as a boy to win a movie role with her martial arts hero and unravel the mystery of her missing father.
Chapter Books/Early Fiction:
Jules and Diamond by Stacy Allen
Jules wants to adopt the raccoon that plays outside her bedroom window, but the determined seven-year-old will have to convince her parents first.
The SCBWI will propel the winning manuscripts on the path to publication by exposing their work to hand-selected acquiring editors on a secure website for a period of time. This is an opportunity for the winners to gain exclusive access to some of the most sought after professionals in the business.
Don Freeman Illustration Grant:
Published Award: Sanda Salsbury
Pre-published Award: Cristina Lalli
The winners of the Don Freeman Grant will each receive $1,000 to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre. The winning illustrations will also be posted on a special secure site for agents and art directors to examine.
View the winning illustrations HERE.
About the Work-In-Progress Grants
About the Don Freeman Grants