"Kate's indomitable spirit and passion for enriching children’s lives through story was as infectious as her laughter. Her constant enthusiasm and unbridled joy continues to be an inspiration and comfort to me in the work that I do now: sparking wonder in little ones and grownups alike by trying to be kind, present, and exuberant – just like Kate!"
Celia Lee
Scholastic Books

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 who is dedicated to honing their craft and expanding their writing community but is experiencing a financial barrier to attending the conference. 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 KDCC Award will alternate every other year between a picture book winner and a middle grade/young adult winner. The initial 2020 KDCC Award will be given to a picture book manuscript.

In 2020, one picture book writer will be selected by a panel of judges as the recipient of the 2020 Kate Dopirak Craft and Community Award, which includes:



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

Submissions will be accepted between 5:00 a.m. PST on September 1 and 8:00 p.m. PST on October 31, 2019.

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