Society of
Children's Book Writers
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The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award


Ann Whitford Paul – Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award


The Ann Whitford Paul – Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award is an annual award given to a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript.


Winners will be selected in two categories: Fiction and Nonfiction. The two winners will each receive a $1000 grant to encourage the development of an excellent picture book manuscript. 



Submissions open February 1, 2022. Deadline is April 10, 2022.





  • This award is open to any SCBWI members with picture books who are not under contract and/or have not sold a picture book manuscript in the last five years.  
  • Please include a cover sheet that has the title of the manuscript and all of your contact information. Please submit text-only manuscripts – no dummies or published work.  
  • You may only submit one manuscript (fiction OR nonfiction), which should not exceed 1000 words.   
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions. Email your manuscript to
  • Include manuscript as a PDF attachment.


Questions? Please email Sarah Diamond at