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In honor of the late Russell Freedman, Newbery Award winner and one of the modern masters of narrative nonfiction, we are happy to announce the opening of The Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction for a Better World.


The winner will receive a prize of $2500 plus $1000 to purchase copies of the winning book for distribution to schools and libraries, recognition in all SCBWI publications, and a virtual forum to give a speech before the entire children’s book community.


Any nonfiction book published for children or young adults, released between January 1 and December 31, 2022, is eligible. If both an author and illustrator are listed on the book cover, the prize will be split between them.


To apply for the award, fill out the application below and submit it to the SCBWI Impact and Legacy Fund.  Please enter a summary of your book (250 words max), your book’s topic, your intention in writing the book, and what you hope will be its effect on the world.


You do not have to be a member of SCBWI to submit. However, your book must be published by a publisher on the SCBWI PAL list (shown in the dropdown field for the Book Publisher).


The deadline for submission is September 15, 2022.


The longlist will be announced in SCBWI Insight. If your book is a finalist, you will be notified, and full copies of your book will be provided to the judging committee.


The winner will be announced on December 1, 2022.


We welcome your submission. Please use the form below.


For any questions, please contact Moira Peckham at





*NOTE*  There is a 255 character limit of the “Book Topic” and “Hope for Effect” fields.  This includes ‘space’ characters.