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2020 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Prize



─ Diverse SCBWI members (both writers and illustrators) who live in Illinois and are at lease 18 years in age. Membership must be good through February 2020.

─ Diverse for the purpose of this prize: people of color, Native people, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people who identify as members of a religious or cultural minority.

─ If this is an application by a duo, both applicants must satisfy all requirements.

  If you are not yet a member, you may wish to apply for the SCBWI-Illinois Diverse New Member Pathway.

─ There is no application fee.  This prize is partially supported by the donation of a generous SCBWI Member. If you would like to contribute to future prizes, please email the Regional Advisor.



The winner will be announced April 18, 2020 Spring Thaw—Pitch Perfect 3 via special appearance via taped address by Penny Moore, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management.  Event Registration is required.  The winner need not be present to win.

Winning applicant(s) will receive: a written critique and a 30-minute Skype or phone chat about the submitted work-in-progress or portfolio from Penny Moore, Agent, Aevitas Creative Management, New York.


The 2020 judge of the Many Voices Prize is
Penny Moore, Aevitas Creative Management

Penny Moore represents standout authors such as Morris Award Finalist, Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of Starfish and Summer Bird Blue; Beth Evans, author/illustrator of I Really Didn’t Think This Through; Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers; Lyla Lee, author of The Mindy Kim Series; and Katie Zhao, author of The Dragon Warrior.

Moore graduated from the University of Georgia with a double degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language & Literature. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied comparative literature at top universities in Japan and South Korea. Penny joined Aevitas in 2018, starting in the industry as an assistant/associate agent at FinePrint Literary Management in 2014, then joining Empire Literary as an agent two years later, where she built out the children’s portion of the agency’s list.

Moore mainly represents children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult. She also has an interest in select platform nonfiction projects that speak to younger audiences. Though she’s interested in all genres, she’s specifically seeking inventive works featuring breakout voices and compelling plot lines that will make young readers feel seen and heard for the first time.



2020 Many Voices Prize Application Details: Submit your COVER PAGE and SAMPLE as described below.



COVER PAGE: On your COVER PAGE, please provide the following information:

Word document should be named with the following naming convention:  Last_first.doc or Last_first.docx

─ Full name

─ Mailing Address

─ E-mail address

─ Phone number

─ Diversity the with which the applicant identifies.

─ SCBWI Membership expiration date. To find this date Long into your SCBWI webpage, go to MY HOME at the upper right.  This will take you to your MEMBER PROFILE page.  In the task bar at left, scroll down to MEMBERSHIP and click on Print Membership Card to see a .pdf of your card with your membership expiration date.  Click to renew your membership.

─ Sample Format: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Non-Fiction, Poetry

─ 50 words or less explaining how your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice



SAMPLE: How to compose your SAMPLEyour name should NOT appear on any pages of your SAMPLE.
Document should be named with the following naming convention:

For writers:

Submit a sample from a manuscript, no more than 5 pages in length. (Novels may include an additional one-page synopsis). Double-spaced, Times 12-point font, one-inch margins, no headers.

Poetry submissions (this includes rhyming picture books, picture books in verse, and stand-alone collections) should conform to the guidelines above. However, they may be single-spaced, with a double space between the stanzas, per industry standards. Stand-alone collections (i.e. a group of poems intended to be published as one book) must have a page break at the end of each poem.

For illustrators:

Submit a pdf sample of 4-6 pieces suitable for children’s book illustration.

For writer-illustrators: 

Submit a sample from a manuscript, no more than 5 pages in length (Novels may include an additional one-page synopsis) Double-spaced, Times 12-point font, one-inch margins, no headers.


Submit a pdf sample of.1 finished illustration from accompanying mss. 

Graphic Novel submissions: IF YOU ARE BOTH THE WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR, follow the directions for writers-illustrators. Your submission will contain up to 7 pages maximum: 5 script pages, a 1-page synopsis and 1 page of finished art. 



TO APPLY between Saturday, February 1 and Saturday, February 29 (by 11:59 PM CST): No applications will be accepted outside this date range.




Application Questions? Email Jacqueline Alcántara, SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee Member and illustrator of the SCBWI-IL Many Voices Prize image.


If you are not yet a member, you may wish to apply for the SCBWI-Illinois Diverse New Member Pathway. Back to SCBWI-IL Diversity Initiatives




2020 WINNER Alina Celeste Hevia / Judge: Penny Moore, Aevitas Creative Management

2019 Soton Roswano / Judge:Tanusri Prasanna, Foundry Literary & Media

2018 Traci Dant,/Judge: Linda Camacho, Agent Gault & Zacker Literary Agency

2017 Lily Frusciante/Judge: Marietta Zacker, Agent Agent Nancy Gault Agency

2016 Katie Otey/Judge: Adriana Dominguez, Agent Agent Full Circle Literary



Many Voices Prize Questions? Email Jacqueline Alcántara, SCBWI-IL Diversity Committee Member


Many thanks to the generous SCBWI-IL Member who supports this prize.

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