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SCBWI Announces 2017 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 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
See Angela’s illustrations:
See Jaime’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