The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators congratulates the winners of the 2017 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: The Locksmith by Kate Branden
After a disastrous diamond heist, a sixteen-year-old shapeshifter goes on the run from the CIA and tries to avenge her mentor, the mysterious Locksmith.
Nonfiction: The Penguin of Provetá by Shannon Earle
This true story details the remarkable friendship of a Brazilian man and the wild penguin he rescued from an oil slick.
Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction: Coyotes in Amarillo Heights by Angela M. Sanchez
Sixteen-year-old Rocio struggles with the gentrification of her neighborhood while learning hard truths from an ancient supernatural drifter named Domingo.
Picture Book Text: Bartali’s Bicycle by Megan Hoyt
“Some medals are pinned to your soul, not your jacket.” A real life hero, Tour de France winner Gino Bartali risked his life to help over 800 people evade the Nazis during World War II.
Middle Grade Fiction: Dan Maze and the Case of the Maltese Cat by Jeremy A. Wall
In this clever sendup of noir fiction, a thirteen-year-old gumshoe uses his investigative skills and his cat allergy to track down a missing feline.
Chapter Books/Early Fiction: The Casebook of Marvelous Madison by Ann Wright Strohmeier
Detective Marvy Madison is a mouse with a mission. Watch him investigate rogue nuts, missing eggs, and a farmyard beauty pageant in a collection of his favorite cases.
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: Angela C. Hawkins
Pre-published Award: Jaime Whitbread
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