Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award

The Kate Dopirak Craft and Community Award provides tuition to the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles to the author of a promising manuscript. We hope attending this conference will help the winner hone their craft and expand their writing community. This award is offered in celebration of Kate Dopirak, a picture book author and beloved SCBWI member who lived her life lighting the way for others.

The award includes full tuition to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Annual Summer Conference and a phone consultation with an agent and editor. 

The award alternates years between honoring picture book authors and middle grade/young adult novel authors. 

Note: Award does not include travel, meals, accommodations, or optional conference intensives or critiques.

Submissions will be accepted between 8 a.m. central time Saturday, January 14th and 8 p.m. central time Saturday, February 18th, 2023.

Submissions for the 2023 award year are open to middle-grade and young-adult book writers

Click here for more information and a link to the submission form.

Award Winners

WINNERS:

2022: Lauri Fortino for JINPA AND THE DUST CLOUD DOG (PB)

2021: Laurie Young for GROUNDED (MG/YA)

2020Cheryl Kim for HOOPSTER OF HOPE: THE WATARU MISAKA STORY (PB)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

2022: Remi Kathawa for NANA’S YOGURT (PB) and Amita Snyder for MEHNDI THE WORLD (PB)

2020: Alicia Salazar for ELENA AND HER MANDOLIN (PB)