Author Jane Yolen, together with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, has created a grant meant to recognize mid-list authors who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” Those who wish to be considered must be nominated, and the winners and honorees are chosen by Yolen.
The first grant was given to Mary Whittington, author of Carmina Come Dance, The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child, at SCBWI’s 13th annual conference last month. Honorees were authors Ann Whitford Paul and Barbara Diamond Goldin.
Nominations for the 2013 grant open June 1 2012 and must be received by September 1 2012. Nominees will then be invited to fill out an online application before the deadline of November 1 2012, and the winner will be announced at the SCBWI winter conference in New York. For more details see the SCBWI website.