The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (the SCBWI) encourages the independent author and illustrator, holding an annual award called the Spark Awards, which recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.
SCBWI Executive Director, Lin Oliver, and President, Stephen Mooser, strongly believe that, “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
- their book featured in the SCBWI online bookstore and marketed on SCBWI social networking sites
- the opportunity to sell their book at the SCBWI Summer or Winter Conference in Los Angeles or New York.
Kobo Writing Life is proud to support this great award, as we obviously believe the self-publishing world has a lot of offer, a lot of great talent to recognize, and a lot to celebrate!
Find the full submission details here, and good luck!