Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award – Submission


Tomie DePaola Professional Development Award


In honor of Tomie dePaola, the legendary children’s book author and illustrator and long-time member of the SCBWI board of advisors, SCBWI will award two emerging artists with a cash prize of $2,500. The money can be used to advance professional artistic development and growth, and can include items such as supplies, equipment, research, learning experiences, travel, creative sabbaticals, child care, or any legitimate expenses that allow the winners to develop or improve their art. It is not to be used for promotion of a book or career advancement, but rather to advance work. 
The award is for SCBWI members who are early in their illustration careers and as such, is limited to those who have published at least one but no more than three books.
SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.



2020 Winners





Please submit the following using the submission form below:  

  • PDFs of your book (no more than 3)
  • A link to your website
  • A short bio
  • A statement of intent (how you plan to use the money to advance your work) 


The winners will be announced on Tomie’s birthday, September 15.