The Ann Whitford Paul-Writer’s Digest Manuscript Grant is an annual award given to a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. One winner and two honorable mentions were selected from a pool of over 500 picture book manuscripts.
Celebrated author Ann Whitford Paul announced the winners and summarized the promising manuscripts.
“The winner of the $1,000 grant is:
ROSA AND BESSIE by Sherry Smith
Set in Mississippi in the early 20th century, Rosa longs to sing in the choir, but is too young. When she later attends a traveling minstrel show, and hears the famous Bessie Smith sing, she determines not only to grow up and sing, but to start right away with a show of her own in her back yard. Sherry’s writing conjures up the time and location vividly and helps readers connect to Rosa’s wants and cheer for her success.
The quality of the manuscripts was so high that two submissions tied for Honorable Mention:
WHEN I WAS AN ALLIGATOR by Gayle Webre
With fun language, great onomatopoeia, and some interesting facts, Gayle writes a unique story of an alligator who seamlessly changes from an alligator to a heron to an opossum, to a green tree frog on and on until with an unexpected twist, becomes a kid. Great illustration possibilities!
BERT AND WERT: WE DO THE DIRTY WORK by Midge Ballou Smith
A humorous and educational look at the much-maligned vultures. Kids will love Bert and Wert’s spunky attitude and will laugh at the fun grossness of some of their habits, like peeing on their legs to cool off. Midge did a great job sharing facts and telling a story.”
For more information on the Ann Whitford Paul-Writer’s Digest Manuscript Grant, including submission information for 2020, visit the award page on the SCBWI website.