One Writer’s Journey

April 10, 2015

Book Awards: Who is elligible for the Crystal Kite Award?

Back sure your books are on the list of nominees for 2015.

Be sure your books are on the list of nominees for 2015.

When my book, the Ancient Maya came out, it never crossed my mind that I should enter to win the Crystal Kite. In fact, I didn’t even think about it until last week when I was voting in Round One of the 2014 awards.  Lucky for me that my book came out in February 2015 so it is still eligible.

To be eligible, you, the author or illustrator, need to be a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators.

Your book needs to have been published in the calendar year for that award.  So to win for 2015, which will be voted on in 2016, your book needs to have been published in 2015.

The publisher needs to be on the SCBWI PAL list of approved publishers.  For more on that list of commercial publishers, click here.

You need to list your book on your SCBWI profile.  To do that, go to  Log in.  Click on My Home (purple button, type right).

At the bottom left of the page, you will see “publications” and under that “books.”  Click ADD and then follow the directions.  Be sure to click the box for “submit to Crystal Kite award.”

That’s all it takes!  If you have an eligible book, be sure to promote the award among your friends and on social media, but do not use the SCBWI messaging system, promote on the SCBWI discussion board, or e-mail people you don’t know — SCBWI has strict rules about spam.

As your books come out this year, don’t forget to add them to the nominations.




  1. Yay, SueBE! Hope you win it. Wish I could vote for you, but I’m not a member. Good luck!!!

    Comment by rhcwilliams — April 10, 2015 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  2. I wish you could too but we aren’t even in the same region. I’m mid-south. Thank you for the encouragement!

    Comment by SueBE — April 13, 2015 @ 3:20 am | Reply

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