Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 17, 2010

SCBWI Members – We Have A Winner

I was very happy to find out yesterday that my Assistant, Laurie Wallmark was chosen as the runner-up for the SCBWI Work-In Progress Grant for the non-fiction book, Ada Byron Lovelace: Not a Proper Lady.  The award is $500.  Congratulations! Laurie.

At least a couple of times a week, I get an e-mail from a member where in the course of the e-mail they mention something very casually about some success they have had.  I just can’t figure out why people do not let me know, so I can help tout their success.  No one is going to think you are showing off and even small success should be celebrated. 

We put success stories in Sprouts and as you can see, I like to brag about you.  But I hate to ask Leeza Hernadez, our Creative Director, if she can try to squeeze in a few more stories, because I wasn’t informed until it was about to go to print.  Remember you are the one that has to make things happen and keeping things to yourself is the wrong strategy.  Please share your successes.

Here is the information for the WIP Grant.  Deadline for the next year is February 15th.

The SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants are designed to assist children’s book writers in the completion of a specific project, and are made possible by a generous grant from

Grants for first place ($2000) and runner up ($500) are awarded in each one of seven different categories:  

  • General Work-In-Progress grant
  • Grant for a contemporary novel for young people
  • Nonfiction research grant
  • Grant for work by an unpublished author
  • Grant for work from a multi-cultural/minority perspective
  • Barbara Karlin Grant for unpublished picture book writers.
  • Don Freeman Grant for unpublished picture book illustrators.

In any given year, an applicant may apply for: the General Work-In-Progress Grant OR the Work-In-Progress Grant for a Contemporary Novel for Young People OR the Work-In-Progress Nonfiction Research Grant. The Grant for a Work Whose Author has Never Had a Book Published may not be applied for — it will be chosen from all the entries in the other Work-In-Progress categories.

Eligibility: The Grants are available to both full and associate members of the SCBWI. They are not available for projects on which there are already contracts. Please note: members can apply for only one SCBWI grant per calendar year.

Grant Amounts:
Seven Grants of $2,000 will be awarded annually, one in each category. Seven Runner-Up Grants of $500 will also be awarded, one in each category. Authors of other projects cited by the judges as noteworthy will receive a Letter of Merit. In any given year, the SCBWI Grant Committee reserves the right to withhold the grant for that year.

Deadline: Completed application and accompanying materials must be postmarked no earlier than February 15th and must be RECEIVED BY March 15th. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged only if a stamped self-addressed post card is enclosed. The recipients of the grants will be announced in September.

Instructions for completing and submitting application materials: 

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This is a very nice blog and the given information in this post is very good to remember .


  2. I know that manuscript… I helped critique it!

    Well deserved, and great news and congrats to Laurie! Barb


  3. LAU-RIE ROCKS! LAU-RIE ROCKS! LAU-RIE ROCKS! (Ame does one-person wave in her living room.) Congratulations, Laurie! Awesome lady, awesome manuscript, awesome author! WOO-HOO!


  4. This is fabulous news!!! Congratulations, Laurie!!


  5. Thanks for sharing your good news!! Congratulations, Laurie!!


  6. Fabulous Laurie!!! Congrats!


  7. YAY LAURIE!!! This is fabulous news! I happen to have the latest SCBWI bulletin on my desk, flipped to the page about the WIP Grants. Now this will definitely give me more incentive to get going on something to submit before March 15th.

    I’m sooooo happy for you, Laurie — thanks for posting, Kathy!

    Hugs, Connie


  8. Wow, Laurie, you are really kicking some publishing-industry butt this year! Congrats!!!!!


  9. Fantastic!!


  10. So sorry I am just seeing this!! YEA, Laurie! What great news!! So excited for you, Hallee


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