The Sparks Award.
This from the official SCBWI announcement:
“. . . The award is open to current writer and/or illustrator SCBWI members who have independently-published a board book, picture book, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult novel through an established self- publishing enterprise or individually self-published. Submissions must be submitted in traditionally bound form, contain an ISBN number, and provide evidence of Copyright registration.
Entries may not have been previously published in any print or digital form prior to the self-published form and SCBWI reserves the right to disqualify books published by enterprises that we believe, in our discretion, operate in a predatory or unprofessional manner.
One winner and one honor book will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals and will focus on quality of writing and concept, quality of illustrations (if applicable), professional presentation, and editing and design.” You can read the full announcement here.
Wowza. What an honor!
What I love most about this award is that it not only recognizes this important element of publishing (self-publishing) but all entries must clearly be geared to compete commercially with traditionally published titles. If you chose to make your living self-publishing your work, that’s fine, but it has to be geared to compete in every way with the work put out by Harcourt, HarperCollins and other traditional publishers.
What say, you? Does this encourage you to self-publish?