Friday, March 15, 2013

Today (Friday March 15, 2013) Is The Last Day To Vote For The 2013 Crystal Kite Awards!

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators each year to recognize great books from 15 regional SCBWI divisions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers. Each member of SCBWI is allowed to vote for their favorite book from a nominated author in their region that was published in the previous calendar year.

Today is the last day of Round 2 voting, where you vote on your favorite of the five books in your region that received the highest number of votes in Round 1.

The 15 regions are:

Domestic Divisions
· California/Hawaii
· West (Washington/Oregon/Alaska/Idaho/Montana/North Dakota/South Dakota)
· Southwest (Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico)
· Midwest (Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska/Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan/Indiana/Ohio)
· New England (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
· New York
· Texas/Oklahoma
· Atlantic (Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Wash DC/Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland)
· Mid-South (Kansas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Tennessee/Kentucky/Missouri)
· Southeast (Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama/Mississippi)
Continental Divisions
· UK/Europe
· Africa
· Middle East/India/Asia
· Australia/New Zealand
· The Americas (Canada/Mexico/Central & South America)

So how do you vote?

Go to and sign in with your email address and password.

Click on the "See what's going on in your region!" link on your Member Home Page.

Click on the tab that says "Crystal Kite."

Check out the top five books from your Regional Division and vote for the one book of your choice.

Note: This option is ONLY available during the voting period. 

Go here to read all the rules and details! 

Happy voting!


Shutta said...

Ok--at the risk of appering to be a Luddite--I'm having trouble voting. Any help would be appreciated!

I'm logged in, I went to "member homepage," I went to "what's happening in your area." I clicked on "Crystal Kite" tab and went to the page with the list of titles for all the regions.

It says: "... and all you have to do to vote is click the button
next to the desired title for your region." (But there are no buttons. And when I attempt to simply click on the title I want--nothing happens. The titles are not, themselves, buttons.)

Any suggestions? I voted in the prelim. round and have not yet voted in this final round. Also, I am NOT getting a message that I already voted--as others get when they go back to the page. (I have already bounced this problem off one of my RAs.)

I use a PC with IE7.


KaylaSCBWI said...

I will email you directly to fix the problem. When I log in to your account, I scrolled all the way past the regions and at the bottom it shows the finalists for you to vote on.

Shutta said...

Worked later in the day . . . thanks!