SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

 

Independently Published Book Launch Marketing Grant

 

The Independently Published Book Launch Award provides authors or illustrators with $2,500 in funds to help with the promotion of their newly self-published work. Two grants are offered annually. One grant is reserved specifically for a book creator from an underrepresented community. Winners will be announced on January 15, 2022. 

 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Open from October 1 – November 15. 2021. 

 


 

ELIGIBILITY 

You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced.  SCBWI members with a book self-published in 2021 are eligible to apply.

 

Money from the grant may be used to promote your book including, but not limited to: 

  • Launch events
  • Speaking engagements and book tours
  • Curriculum materials
  • Advertising, posters, postcards, and other promotional marketing materials
  • Book trailers
  • Website development
  • Book donations to local schools and libraries
  • School visits

 

Grants will be awarded based on: 

  • Strong marketing and implementation plan
  • Demonstrated need
  • Quality and professionalism of your synopsis

 

Winners must use the money in the first calendar year and provide SCBWI with documentation of grant money use. 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

 

PLEASE INCLUDE IN YOUR SUBMISSION: 

  • A brief cover letter in the body of the email with the name of your book, the publication date, and a short bio.
  • A short synopsis of why you are applying for this grant AND your marketing plan of no more than one page attached as a PDF.
  • Indicate whether you want to be considered for the award for authors from underrepresented communities.
  • Link to online submission portal will open on October 1st.

 

Applications must not exceed TWO pages.