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 20, 2022. 


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


Congratulations to 2021 winners Tonya Ellis an Nicole Kohr!



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. 





  • A brief cover letter 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. CLICK HERE


Applications must not exceed TWO pages.