The Golden Kite Award

Literary Award

History of the Award

The Golden Kite Awards are given annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize excellence in children’s literature. The award is a golden medallion showing a child flying a kite. Instituted in 1972, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. Eligible books must be written or illustrated by SCBWI members, and submitted either by publishers or individuals.

The award includes four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges which consists of children’s book writers and illustrators. In addition to the four Golden Kite Award winners, four honor book recipients are named by the judges. Since 2006, the best author and illustrator in each category wins a $2,500 grant cash prize.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Kite_Award


Purpose of the Award

The Golden Kite Award, first given in 1973, is the only major children's book award presented by one's peers, and, therefore, is one of the most respected and coveted honors in the field.


http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Introduction

Search Criteria

Must be a Children's Book

-Fiction

-Non-Fiction

-Picture Book



Must be a current member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Book must be written or translated in English

All books must be in final published and bound form

Published within that calendar year (Example must be published in 2013 for the 2014 winner)

Submit one book for one category (Nonfiction, fiction, picture book text or picture book illustration.) You are allowed to apply for picture book text and illustration.

Must submit four copies of the book but if you’re applying for picture book text and illustration you have to submit eight copies.

Book is chosen for award from 3 members of SCBWI

Shows great writing and illustration and should appeal to children’s interests

Selection Committee

In addition to the four Golden Kite Award winners, four honor book recipients will also be named by the panel of judges which consists of children’s book writers and illustrators.

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. More than 1,000 books are entered each year. Eligible books must be written or illustrated by SCBWI members, and submitted either by publishers or individuals. SCBWI reserves the right not to grant the award in any or all categories in any year.



Recipents

Recipients are notified and announced the SCBWI International Conference.