Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Awards and Grants




Manuscript Awards – Given in conjunction with the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, these awards are for promising manuscripts submitted for individual critique at the Summer Conference.

Emerging Voices Award – Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

Student Writer Scholarship – Conference tuition for full-time university students in an English or creative writing program.

Work-in-Progress Grants – To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction.

Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award – An award for a work-in-progress from an unpublished author over age 50.

SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award – An award sponsored by the PJ Library to encourage the creation of more high-quality Jewish children’s literature.



Art Spot – Selected illustrations are chosen quarterly to be featured in the Bulletin.

Portfolio Awards – Given to the top portfolios submitted to the annual SCBWI Summer or Winter Conferences.

Student Illustrator Scholarship – Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

Narrative Art Award – Given annually to an illustrator of promise based on a given prompt.

Don Freeman Work-in-Progress Grant – To assist illustrators in the completion of a book dummy or portfolio.

Featured Illustrator – One SCBWI illustrator member is chosen each month. You must have your art uploaded to the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery to qualify.

Draw This! – A monthly art prompt, part of the SCBWI publication Insight. All submissions shown on the online gallery, and two winners featured in Insight, the website, and in social media.



Book Launch Award – Provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to help promote their newly published work.

Crystal Kite Awards – Peer-given award to recognize great books from fifteen SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

Golden Kite Awards – Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literature in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.

Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant – Critically acclaimed children’s book author Jane Yolen created this grant to honor the contribution of mid-list authors.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award – The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award recognizes and encourages the publication of an excellent book of poetry or anthology for children and/or young adults. This award is given every three years.

Magazine Merit Award – For original magazine work for young people in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Illustration, and Poetry.

Martha Weston Grant – The Martha Weston Grant was established by the Hairston Family to remember author/illustrator Martha Weston. The grant helps authors and illustrators who want to switch children’s book genres.

Sid Fleischman Award – Given with the Golden Kite Awards, an award for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor.

Spark Award – An annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.



Amber Brown – The Amber Brown Grant commemorates author and beloved school speaker Paula Danziger. One school is awarded each year with an author or illustrator visit and new books to continue Paula’s love of connecting children with creative influences.

Tribute Fund – The SCBWI Tribute Fund commemorates members of the children’s book community, their lives, and their work by funding all-expense scholarships to the SCBWI International Summer and Winter Conferences for the general membership.



Student Writer Scholarship – Conference tuition for full-time university students in an English or creative writing program.

Student Illustrator Scholarship – Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.



New Voices in Nonfiction – Pre-published BIPOC authors and illustrators are eligible for this scholarship which provides full tuition to the SCBWI/Smithsonian Institution Nonfiction Workshop (November 2020).