Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 16, 2022

Book Winners – Kudos – Opportunity – Industry Changes


Angie Quantrell won THE TRESAURE HUNT by Stephanie Wildman

Ilona Bray won CHRISTMAS FAIRIES FOR OUMA by Lindsay McDivitt

Linda Trott Dickman won PARTNER POEMS & WORD LADDERS for Building Foundational Literacy Skills by David Harrison


TAKE ANOTHER LOOK at: CLOAKED IN COURAGE: UNCOVERING DEBORAH SAMPSON, PATRIOT SOLDIER by Beth Anderson It posted without being finished. Click the link: Still time to get in the running for this book.



Geisel honoree Nina Mata’s NEW, about a Filipina girl on her first days of school in America as she navigates her particular encounter with newness through a universal lens, to Luana Kay Horry at Harper Children’s, in a pre-empt, for publication in summer 2025, by Christy Ewers at The CAT Agency (world).

Author of BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS and IF YOUR BABYSITTER IS A BRUJA Ana Siqueira’s LA MALA SUERTE IS FOLLOWING ME, following a boy through a series of misadventures once Mrs. Mala Suerte (Mrs. Bad Luck) starts thwarting his every move, illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge, for publication in spring 2024, simultaneously in Spanish, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Kate Kendrick Powell at Astound US for the illustrator (world).



HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Shannon Hitchcock has a teachers guide for her new book STORY QUILTS featured last week on Writing and Illustrating. Contact Shannon and she will send you the pdf. Here is the link:



The Spark Award is an annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.

The Spark winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winner and honor recipients (if applicable) will receive: Spark seals to display on their book, the opportunity to teach a digital workshop about their publishing journey, the chance to be featured in the SCBWI online bookstore and publicized through SCBWI social networking sites. The winners will also get the opportunity to attend any conference of their choice tuition-free (other than for extras such as critiques and intensives).

SCBWI reserves the right not to award a SPARK AWARD in any given year.


Open from November 1– November 30, 2022, at midnight.


  • You must be a current SCBWI member with membership current through April of the following year to apply. If you are a member now but your membership is scheduled to expire before that time, you will need to renew your membership in order to be eligible for the award.
  • You may only submit one title for each award period.
  • Both the author and illustrator (if the illustrator’s name appears on the book) must be members to apply.
  • You must have published a book intended for the children’s or YA market in one of the following categories:
    • Board Book
    • Picture Book
    • Chapter Book
    • Middle Grade
    • Graphic Novel
    • Young Adult
  • The book may be fiction or nonfiction.
  • The book should have been self-published either from an established self-publishing enterprise or individually self-published. The book cannot have been previously. published in any print or digital form prior to the self-published form.
  • SCBWI reserves the right to disqualify books published by enterprises that we believe, in our discretion, operate in a predatory or unbusinesslike manner.
  • The book must exist in traditionally bound form, contain an ISBN number, and copyright date of the current year.
  • All applicants must include a cover letter with your name, the name of your book, the genre of your. book, the publishing method for your book (including the name of any editor/copyeditor/designer who was retained in the creation of the book), your book’s ISBN, and a synopsis of your book.
  • As of November 2020, submission to the Spark Award is DIGITAL ONLY. Please submit through the award portal HERE.
  • One winner and up to two. Honor Book. recipients. will be chosen in two categories:
    • Books for Older Readers: This includes middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
    • Illustrated Books: This includes board books, picture books, readers, chapter books, and novelty books.
  • Books entered in the Spark Award are not eligible for the Golden Kite Award. or Sid Fleischman Award. Self-published authors may only enter their books in one of these awards.
  • Judging will be based on a number of criteria, including. but not limited to: quality of writing and concept, quality of illustrations (if applicable), professional presentation, editing and design, appropriateness of content for the targeted age group of the book.
  • Books are evaluated by a panel of English-speaking judges. All books entered must be written in English or be submitted with an English translation.

Questions? Please email Sarah Diamond at



Jill Corcoran has been promoted to senior director of Smithsonian Licensed Publishing.

Greg Stadnyk has been promoted to art director for Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Leslie Mechanic has been promoted to art director for Little Simon and Simon Spotlight.

Jennifer Browne has joined Holiday House full-time as creative director of Neal Porter Books and senior art director for Margaret Ferguson Books and Peachtree.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats to the winners. Thanks for all the other info, Kathy.


  2. How delightful to see I won the Christmas fairies book! What do I do next in order to receive it? Thank you.


  3. Thank you so much! I am working with a Global Agricultural Community and this will be a treasured tool and resource! Thank you also to David L. Harrison’s publisher!


  4. Yay! Thanks, Kathy! I will email you my info.

    Thanks for keeping us up to date!


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