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SCBWI Announces 2018 Work-in-Progress and Don Freeman Winners



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
See Sandra’s illustrations:
Pre-published Award:  Cristina Lalli
See Cristina’s illustrations:

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
The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Grants assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. For more information, visit
About the Don Freeman Grants
The SCBWI Don Freeman Grants are awarded annually to one published illustrator and one pre-published illustrator.  For more information, visit