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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 2019 winners.


Deadline: Submissions are open February 1, 2020 through April 1, 2020.

The winner of the grant will be announced mid-May. 


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 three 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, no name of the writer so the judges can be completely impartial. Please submit text-only manuscripts, no dummies or published works.

You may only submit one manuscript. Hard copy submissions only (not more than 1000 words) should be mailed and postmarked no later than April 1. Send to:


Attention: Kim Turrisi 

6363 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 425

Los Angeles, CA 90048