Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The 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.


Click here to view the 2020 winners.


Deadline: Submissions are open February 1, 2021 through April 10, 2021.

Submissions are closed for 2020.



Award: The winner will receive a $1000 grant to encourage the development of an excellent picture book manuscript



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 manuscripts and all of your contact information. On the manuscript itself there should only be a title–do not include your name on the manuscript! Please submit text-only manuscripts, no dummies or published works.

You may only submit one manuscript, which should not exceed 1000 words.

We are now accepting electronic submissions. Email your manuscript to


If you have already submitted a physical copy, you do not need to send a replacement.



Attention: Kim Turrisi 

6363 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 425

Los Angeles, CA 90048