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 open for 2021.



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. Please submit text-only manuscripts, no dummies or published works.

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

We are only accepting electronic submissions. Email your manuscript to