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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)


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.