Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Independently Published Pre-publication Grant


Open only to SCBWI members, the Pre-publication grant is awarded annually and provides $2,500 to help off-set the price of self-publishing. Winners will be announced on January 20, 2023. 


SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Open from October 1 – November 15, 2022.


Congratulations to 2021 winner Zulfa Adiputri





You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced. 


Money from the grant must be used to self-publish your book, including but not limited to:

  • Hiring illustrators
  • Hiring content editors, proofreaders, and copyeditors
  • Hiring book designers
  • Book trailers
  • Website development
  • Printing and shipping costs
  • Publishing software


Grants will be awarded based on: 

  • Quality and professionalism of your synopsis
  • Strength of your business plan






  • A brief cover letter with the name of your proposed book, a 1-2 paragraph synopsis, your publication timeline, a short bio, a 1 page business plan of how the grant money will used, and 2-3 sentences about why you have chosen to self-publish this book.
  • Link to the online submission portal will open on October 1st. CLICK HERE.