SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Work in Progress and Don Freeman Winners 2021

 
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Work-in-Progress Grants and the Don Freeman Illustration Grants! These awards are given to children’s book creators who are in the process of completing a specific project not currently under contract.
 
The Work-in-Progress recipients will have their work promoted and sent to a hand-selected list of agents and editors. The Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award, which is for an emerging author over the age of 50, also comes with a stipend of $500 and tuition to any SCBWI conference.
 
 
Work-in-Progress Grants
 
Picture Book Text: 
Ms. Minnie and Me by Rhett Trull (North Carolina)

 

 
Chapter Books/Early Fiction: 
The Robot in the Library by Bryan Avery (California)

 

 
Middle Grade Fiction: 
Renli’s Guide to Photography by Jessie Erwin (Florida)

 

 
Young Adult Fiction: 
The Universe is Not An Empty Place by Elva Hills (Scotland)

 

 
Nonfiction: 
The Sound Collector by Marta Magellan (Florida)

 

 
Underrepresented Voices: 
A Pottu is a Promise by Jyoti Gopal (New York)

 

 
Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award:
Johnny Bell Baker and the Coal Mine by Bonnie Kelso (Nevada)

 

 
 
The Don Freeman Illustration Grants awards $1,000 towards the completion of an illustration project.

 

 
 
Don Freeman Illustration Grants

 

 
Published Award: Jana Curll (Canada)
See Jana’s illustrations  HERE

 

 
Pre-published Award: Angela Vives (England)
See Angela’s illustrations  HERE
 
Congratulations to our spectacular winners. The Work-in-Progress Award, Cushman Late Bloomer Award, and Don Freeman Grants will open for submission again in March 2022.