Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 30, 2017

Call for Submissions – Kudos – WIP & Late Bloomer Award Deadline Looming

Congratulations! Michelle Kogan is the winner of ALL EARS, ALL EYES by Richard Jackson and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson. Michelle please send me your address.



Call for Easter and Spring submissions.


Congratulations to Mimi Cross for her debut YA book, Before Goodbye being a 2017 Rita Award finalist for Best New Book! Click here to see all finalists.


At Chronicle Books, Ariel Richardson has been promoted to editor, children’s.



The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts from the members of the SCBWI. One winner in each of the following 6 categories will be selected.

-Picture Book Text

-Chapter Books/Early Readers

-Middle Grade

-Young Adult Fiction

-Nonfiction (Anna Cross Giblin Nonfiction Award)

-Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction 

Award: 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: Submissions will be accepted March 1 – March 31, 2017 only.


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

2. 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.

3. 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)

4. Illustrators can apply for one of the Don Freeman Grants.  You may not apply for both the Don Freeman and the picture book category of the WIP Award.

5. Applying to the Cushman Grant? Simply send TWO email submissions. One with Cushman in the subject line and your name and one with the WIP category you choose and your name. That’s it!


The Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award is for authors over the age of fifty who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.

The grant was established by Newbery Award winner and Newbery Honor Book recipient Karen Cushman and her husband, Philip Cushman, in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

The award is open to unpublished children’s book authors or author/illustrators over the age of fifty, and one winner will be chosen from the pool of those who have submitted material for the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants.

Deadline: Submitted in conjunction with the Work-In-Progress e-mail submission from March 1-31, 2017.

Award: $500 and free tuition to any SCBWI conference anywhere in the world. (Conference tuition includes tuition to the general conference, and does not include transportation, hotel, and expenses.)


1.    You must be a current member.

2.    The award is open to unpublished writers and writer/illustrators fifty years of age and older.

3.    Applicants send an additional e-mail with the same Work-in-Progress grant submission they have already submitted to: Send your Cushman submission with “Cushman” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the e-mail. (You will be sending two e-mails to the same address with the same attachment but different subject lines)

4.    The applicant cannot have been published or have a project under contract in the children’s book field.

5.    All Work-In-Progress Grant guidelines apply.

7.    The final judging will be by a committee including Karen Cushman and Lin Oliver.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Just got my WIP submitted. Feels like a great accomplishment for a rainy day!


  2. Belated Thanks for “All Ears All Eyes,” Kathy!


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