Awards & Grants for Writers

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A. Orr Fantasy Grant

Awarded to middle grade and young adult writers working in the fantasy or science fiction genre.

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Ann Whitford Paul Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award

An annual award given to the manuscript of a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript.

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BIPOC Scholarship

All expense paid trip to the Winter or Summer Conference for Black, Indigenous, and People of color.

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Emerging Voices Award

Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

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Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award

An award for a work-in-progress from an unpublished author over age 50.

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General Conference Scholarship

All expense paid tuition to the Virtual Conference for any SCBWI member experiencing financial hardship.

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Out from the Margins Award

An award for early career underrepresented creators of children’s literature.

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Volemos Grant

This award is open to authors of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American heritage who are early in their career (1-3 traditionally published books) or not yet traditionally published.

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Work-in-Progress Awards

To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Underrepresented Fiction or Nonfiction.

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Awards & Grants

Our awards and grants are financial support given to help emerging authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature.