The Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award

Announcing: A Scholarship Award for Writers!

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What is it?

The Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award will provide full tuition to the Annual SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, CA, to the author of a promising children’s book manuscript. Every other year the award will alternate between a picture book manuscript and a middle grade/young adult novel manuscript. This year, submissions are open to picture book writers for the 2020 conference.

What is included in this year’s award?

  • Full tuition to the 49th Annual SCBWI Summer Conference, July 24-27, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA. (Travel, meals, accommodations, and optional conference add-ons are not included.)
  • A 20-minute phone consultation with literary agent Tracey Adams from Adams Literary.
  • A 20-minute phone consultation with children’s editor Andrea Welch from Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be current members of SCBWI and must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants who show a dedication to honing their craft and expanding their writing community, but who are experiencing a financial barrier to attending the conference, will be considered.
  • The manuscript submission must be original and unpublished and must not be under contract at the time of submission.
  • Limit one entry per person.

How do I apply?

  • For complete award information and submission instructions go to
  • The submission window is open now through 8:00 p.m. PST on October 31, 2019.



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