Work-In-Progress Young Adult Fiction Winner:
The Edge of the Miraculous by Beth Navarro
While mourning for her father, a bipolar teenager is interrupted in her suicide attempt by a strange boy who happens to be an alien.
Work-In-Progress Nonfiction Winner:
Nikola’s Visions: The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Follow the life of the visionary scientist Nikola Tesla, as expressed through vibrant poetry. Short poems alternate point-of-view from Tesla to significant people in his life.
Work-In-Progress Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction Winner:
Finding Ma by DoanPhuong Nguyen
Set during the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Con endures abandonment, kidnapping, and abuse, before finally finding a loving home.
Work-In-Progress Picture Book Text Winner:
A Father’s Love by Hannah Holt
A colorful celebration of fathers in the animal kingdom, from penguins to lions to seahorses.
Work-In-Progress Middle Grade Fiction Winner:
Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick-Ferruolo
A shy young girl befriends the neighborhood eccentric, a mysterious recluse called the Bird Lady.
Work-In-Progress Chapter Books/Early Fiction Winner:
How To Be a Bad Guy, By Dallas Bottomley by Lauren LeBlanc
Fed up with his friends’ obsession with superheroes, 8-year-old Dallas decides to become a villain instead. But when he discovers he would rather stand up for the underdog, he must redefine what villainy means to him.
Don Freeman Illustration Grant Winners:
Published Award: Rongyuan Ma (See Rongyuan’s illustrations: www.rongyuanma.com)
Pre-published Award: Alison Farrell (See Alison’s illustrations: www.drawdrawdraw.com)
Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award Winner:
Stephen Baker: Prayers to Broken Stone
Fourteen-year-old Milana lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother studying the wild gorillas in Virunga National Park, but soon Milana must save both her family and the gorillas from an oil company bent on destroying the habitat.
This grant was established by Newbery Award winner and Newbery Honor Book recipient Karen Cushman and her husband, Philip Cushman, in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Karen published her first children’s book, Catherine Called Birdy, in 1994 (Newbery Honor Book), at the age of fifty-three and has gone on to become one of the field’s most acclaimed novelists. “The writing [in Prayers to Broken Stone] is very good, the setting unusual and intriguing, and there is the promise of a corporate villain we can root against,” said Karen. “I hope someday I get a chance to read the book and find out what happens.”
The SCBWI will propel the winning manuscripts on the path to publication by exposing their work to hand-selected acquiring editors on a secure website for a period of time. This is an opportunity for the winners to gain exclusive access to some of the most sought after professionals in the business. The winners of the Don Freeman Grant will each receive $1,000 to further their understanding, training, and work in the picture book genre.
Find out more about all the SCBWI grants and award programs here.