Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 17, 2021

Get Ready: SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant

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


Deadline: Submissions will be accepted March 1 – April 15, Midnight PDT 2021 only. (This is a new deadline.)

The Work-in-Progress Awards showcase outstanding manuscripts from the members of the SCBWI. One winner in each of the following 7 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

-Translation

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.

Eligibility:

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

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.

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

7. Translators should apply in the Translation category of the WIP. Submit a translation into English of a text that fits one of the following categories: Picture Book, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction. As part of your cover page/synopsis, identify the text’s category. In addition, give its genre, original author and language, original publisher and publication date (if published), and rights status (if known). Please also describe why this text needs to be translated into English now. What is its relevance for the market?

Submission Guidelines:

PLEASE FOLLOW THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY.

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

YOUR PDF ATTACHEMENT  MUST INCLUDE:

1. A cover page that contains:

Your name

Manuscript Title

Grant Category

A double-spaced synopsis, max 250 words

2. The first 10 pages (US letter size) 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: wipgrant@scbwi.org

Winners will be announced in early October.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

View 2020 Work-in-Progress Award Winners

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please read the FAQs before contacting us.

Questions?  sarahdiamond@scbwi.org

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Kathy!

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  2. Hi Kathy, just FYI, on this page of the SCBWI site – https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/work-in-progress-grants/ – it says the WIP grant deadline is April 15th, not April 1st, as it says in the post here. Thanks!

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    • They changed the deadline. I put up another post to correct it. Didn’t realize it was here, too. I will fix it here, too.

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