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SCBWI Announces Work-In-Progress Winners

The SCBWI congratulates the winners of the 2015 Work-In-Progress Grants and Don Freeman Grants. There were over 1,500 entries this year with some fantastic submissions. The WIP Grants were given out in six catagories, and two Don Freeman Grants were awarded, one for a published illustrator and one for a pre-published illustrator. The SCBWI will propel the winning WIP 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.


Young Adult Fiction: Twisted by Erin Stewart

In a futuristic world, sixteen-year-old Rose discovers that her genetic code was switched at birth, and must decide whether her own free will or her DNA will define who she is.


Nonfiction: Tomboy: The Daring Life of Blanche Stuart Scott by Donna Janell Bowman

Follow the adventurous life of the first female pilot, making history on wheels and on wings.


Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction: Walking on a Tightrope by Suma Subramaniam

After losing her family in the South Asian tsunami, eleven-year-old Mayili is imprisoned by child traffickers and must use her tightrope walking skills to escape.


Picture Book Text: Toad in the Road by Peggy Archer

Come along with Toad on his whimsical adventure with its rhythmic, infectious (rollicking) language, sure to delight young children.


Middle Grade Fiction: Chasing Gold by Beth Cahn

In 1911 a young boy must contend with the stereotypes of Chinese immigrants after the California Gold Rush.


Chapter Books/Early Fiction: Haunted Key Mystery: Help! I’m Haunted

by Lorrie-Ann Melnick

In this swashbuckling mystery, Kat, her newfound cat, Tuna, and her frenemy Rebecca must rid themselves of a ghost thief.


Don Freeman Illustration Grant:


Published Award: Jacob Grant

Pre-published Award: Corinna Luyken


See Jacob’s illustrations:

See Corinna’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. 


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