At the annual meeting of the SCBWI Board of Advisors this past August, a new policy was established regarding SCBWI’s acceptance of funds from for-profit corporations. The Board felt that in order to avoid any present or future conflict of interest, the SCBWI should no longer accept funding from any outside for-profit organization. The immediate effect of this policy will be to eliminate the $25,000 per year funding that Amazon has been providing to co-sponsor the Work in Progress Awards. Effective immediately, that relationship with Amazon has been discontinued.
This decision was in part precipitated by the ongoing dispute between Amazon and Hachette. SCBWI represents the creative community of authors and artists who unfortunately have been put in the middle of this dispute. The SCBWI Work in Progress Awards will continue in a re-configured format. The new guidelines and prizes are available on the Work-in-Progress Award Page.