I love contests. And in particular, I love the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants because if you win (this has yet to happen to me), it’s a nice nod from the industry. But even if you don’t win, you still have a chance of getting a Letter of Commendation from the SCBWI, and that’s also an extremely nice nod—one that deserves mention on your resume. And if for some inexplicable reason you don’t get anything, you still have a writing sample (or illustrations as the case may be) that is good to go and ready for submission to publishers and/or agents. So, it’s a win-win situation all around.
This year’s submission procedures have changed. The SCBWI is taking submissions for the Work-In-Progress, Barbara Karlin, and Don Freeman Grants from March 1 through March 30th. So, for all you procrastinators, there’s still time. The submissions are electronic only this year. Only pdfs are being accepted.
Please see the links below for the submission requirements for each of the particular grants:
Barbara Karlin Grant:
Don Freeman Grant:
Best of luck! May the best writer or illustrator win.