SCBWI Grant: The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award

Early in my career, I used to apply for SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) grants. But I have to admit that I haven’t applied for a grant or mentorship in quite some time.  It isn’t that I think I know all there is to know, but I do feel that I’ve already benefitted from my work through the organization.  Still, I’m tempted by the The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award.

This award is given annually to a Most Promising Picture Book manuscript. To have your work considered:

  • You must be an SCBWI member.
  • The manuscript must be under 1000 words.
  • The manuscript cannot be under contract.
  • You must not have sold a picture book manuscript in the last three years.

I’m a little surprised that the manuscript must be submitted by snail mail.  So be sure to keep that in mind if you’d like to submit.  Give yourself enough time to get your manuscript to the post office.

The work will be judged anonymously so you have to reformat your manuscript removing contact information from the first page, your byline and your name in the header.  A cover sheet containing contact information and the title of the manuscript enables SCBWI to contact the winners.

If this sounds like something you would like to enter, submissions are open from February 1, 2020 through April 1, 2020. To find out where to send your work and to review the rules, click through here.  You can also read Ann Whitford Paul’s summaries of last years selections (1 winner and 2 honorable mentions) here.

The winner of the grant will be announced mid-May.  Still not sure this is worth your while?  The winner will receive  $1000.


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