"Because of Kate I learned that community isn’t about how often you see a person or how close you live to them. It’s about harmonious laughter. It’s about sharing joys and passions. It’s about giving those you love your ALL, and refilling those wells when needed."
Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

About the Award

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:


Please Note: Award includes conference tuition only. Award does not include travel, meals, accommodations, or optional conference intensives or critiques. The recipient will be responsible for all travel, meals, accommodations, and/or expenses associated with attending the conference.


Application Guidelines

  • Open to SCBWI members with a completed, unpublished picture book manuscript and financial barrier to attending the conference.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A panel of judges will select the winner with the most promising manuscript who’s shown commitment to their craft and writing community.
  • Submissions open at 5:00 a.m. PST on September 1, 2019 and close at 8:00 p.m. PST on October 31, 2019.

Visit our How to Apply page for more information and a link to the submission form.