Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 29, 2017

SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards Opening

jeannefrenchievalentine2017-4ktemean-1Illustrator Jeanne Balsam sent this adorable Frenchie. Thought it was a great illustration to get everyone in the mood for Valentine’s Day, just a few weeks away. You buy get a box of these cards on Jeanne’s website. Send a smile to someone you care about – whether on Valentine’s Day or a day that’s great for baking cookies.

Wanted remind everyone about this opportunity and give all of you a running start. Start now and you will have a whole month to come up with something to submit in March.


The SCBWI Work-In-Progress (WIP) Awards assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the publication of a specific project currently not under contract. SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.

View 2016 Work-in-Progress Award Winners

The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts from the members of the SCBWI. The selected works will receive a special platform to be showcased to the most prestigious publishing houses in the field. We will choose 1 winner in each of the following 6 categories.


-Picture Book Text

-Chapter Books/Early Readers

-Middle Grade

-Young Adult Fiction


-Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction


The works submitted by winners will be made available on a secure webpage and presented to a hand-selected group of editors for their consideration. Although this is not a guarantee of publication, the opportunity to have your work presented to acquiring editors, along with an SCBWI endorsement, is a unique opportunity.

Deadline: March 1- March 31, 2017


You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced in September.

You may not submit a work that is under contract. If the work becomes under contract before the award is announced, you will become ineligible.

Each member may submit only one manuscript to the WIP awards each year. (The Cushman grant is an exception, you can apply for this grant in addition to the primary WIP)

The grant is open to authors with a current work-in-progress.

Illustrators can apply for one of the Don Freeman Grants



1. You must submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT. A short cover letter in the body of the email is okay.


1. A first page that contains:

Your name

Manuscript Title

Grant Category

A double-spaced synopsis, max 250 words

2. The first 10 pages of your completed manuscript.

Your manuscript must be double-spaced and cannot exceed 10 pages. Please use an 11 or 12 point standard font.

3. Title the PDF with your name (first_last.pdf)

Your application can be no longer than 11 pages total.


Put the category you are applying to in the subject line of the e-mail.

Put your full name and the name of your manuscript in the body of the e-mail.

Send the PDF as an attachment to your e-mail

E-mail your completed application to:




Talk tomorrow,



  1. SO helpful to be reminded, Kathy 😀 Thank you!


  2. Adorable illustration!


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