Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 26, 2018

Work-in-Progress Grant Awards

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.

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, Midnight PDT 2018 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! You will not receive an automated confirmation for the second email sent. Please rest assure that it has been received. If the first one received a confirmation, then the second one was also received.

6. If you are self-published you may submit to the WIP.

Submission Guidelines:


1. Please submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT.  We will NOT accept a Word Document.


1. A cover 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 with page numbers in the bottom corner. You must have a complete draft to submit. Please include your name (First_Last) in the upper corner of your 10 pages.

Your manuscript sample must be double-spaced and cannot exceed 10 pages. WE DO NOT NEED A SEPARATE TITLE PAGE. YOUR COVER PAGE DOUBLES AS A TITLE PAGE. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman font. Your submission with total 11 pages: Cover page + 10 mansucript pages.

3. Please label your PDF as Category First Name_Last Name (example: MG Mary_Ford)

4. Please put the category you are applying to in the subject line of the e-mail with your First and Last Name (example: MG Mary_Ford). E-mail your completed application to:

 View 2017 Work-in-Progress Award Winners


Please read the FAQs before contacting us.


Talk tomorrow,


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