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.
As the publishing industry evolves into the future, Lin and Steve believe that
The prize is pretty sweet...
"...it is time that SCBWI recognize that there are new models for publishing. The Spark Award is one way we can reward those authors and illustrators who are pursuing independent and self-publishing in a legitimate and high quality way."
"The winner will receive a Spark seal to display on their book, a commemorative plaque, have their book featured in the SCBWI online bookstore and marketed on SCBWI social networking sites, and receive the opportunity to sell their book at the SCBWI Summer or Winter Conference in Los Angeles or New York."
For more details on the new SPARK Award, go here.
And make sure to check out all the amazing awards and grants SCBWI offers its members!
Illustrate and Write On (and apply for some of these amazing awards and grants!),