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An Award of 3,000$ to Write and Illustrate Children's Picture Books from de Grummond 2018

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The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is inviting writers, authors and illustrators to join the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. The EJK Book Award is given to a new writer and to a new illustrator for a picture book and distinguished artwork that creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story or text. The intent of the Award is to identify and encourage early talent.

The books should be written or illustrated in the tradition of EJK that:

[1] Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family.

[2] Reflects the multicultural nature of our world.

[3] Unifies illustrations and text.

[4] Avoids stereotypes.

[5] Is respectful of the child’s intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity and love of learning.

[6] For new writer: 

  • Has an original text and original story (no folktales or retelling of folktales).
  • Displays freshness and originality of language and literary expression.

[7] For new illustrator:

  • Demonstrate excellent command of the chosen medium.
  • Display freshness and originality in style and/or form of artistic expression.

Eligibility criteria:

[1] The illustrator will have no more than three books published under any name prior to the year under consideration.

[2] Both U. S. and international artists are eligible for books that are published in North America, and in the English language.

[3] Self-published books are eligible.

What will the successful applicant get?

The winning author and illustrator will each receive a cash award of $3,000 and the EJK medallion inscribed with the recipient’s name, the name of their book and the year it was published.

What is the de Grummond:

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North America's leading research centers in the field of children's literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the main focus is on American and British children's literature, historical and contemporary. Founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, the Collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,300 authors and illustrators, as well as 180,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the present.

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