Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 6, 2013

Work-in-Progress Grant

Work In Progress Grants


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The SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants are designed to assist children’s book writers and illustrators 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 including Anna Cross Giblin Award
  • Grant for work by an unpublished author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  • Barbara Karlin Grant for unpublished picture book writers.
  • Don Freeman Grant for unpublished picture book illustrators.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 ONE Work-in-Progress Grant. The Grant for an Unpublished Author may not be applied for — it will be chosen by the judges from all the entries in the other Work-In-Progress categories. If you check “unpublished” on the application form, and your status as such is verified, you will be automatically entered for this additional grant.

Please note: All grants must now be submitted electronically.  Please read the new guidelines below carefully before applying.

Submissions: The Work-in-Progress Grants are going electronic! Only PDFs will be accepted!

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions on how to make and submit your PDF.

Eligibility: The grants are available all current SCBWI members.  Your membership must be current through the date the award is given (September 2013). Go to your member profile and click on “Membership Renewal” to make sure your eligible. The grants are not available for projects on which there are already contracts.

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 received between March 1 and March 31. The recipients of the grants will be announced in August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application materials and full guidelines: 2013 Work-in-Progress Guidelines Work-in-Progress Application.doc
2013 Barbara Karlin Guidelines Barbara Karlin Application.doc
2013 Don Freeman Guidelines Don Freeman Application.doc
Read here about the 2012 Winners!
Previous Grant Winners & Runners-Up

If you have any questions, please contact the awards coordinator Chelsea Confalone.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I just checked out a lot of the previous winners and runners-up over the years and it was so interesting to see names of authors and illustrators who are now not only published, but a few are known names 🙂 A few friends were there, too 🙂


  2. Thanks, Kathy, for posting this! I’m new on the scene in terms of ‘putting work out there’ and ALWAYS a learner! I would never have known about this and many other things you are posting! Thanks so much for sharing! Ann


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