SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), in partnership with PJ Library, has established the Jewish Stories Award to encourage the creation of more high quality Jewish children’s literature.
Award: $2,500 will be awarded to the author of the manuscript deemed most promising for publication and for distribution by PJ Library. PJ Library will make every effort to partner with a publisher to have the manuscript published and to carry the book in the PJ Library program. This award is separate from and in addition to any monies received by the author from a publisher. The author will also receive tuition to the 2019 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, as well as a transportation and accommodations stipend of up to $500.

Submissions for this award will only be accepted from September 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. Submissions submitted before September 1, 2018 and after September 30, 2018 will not be eligible for this specific award. No resubmissions of manuscripts previously submitted to PJ Library will be eligible.

The Quick Facts:
  • Only new manuscripts containing Jewish content and submitted to PJ Library from September 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 will be eligible.
  • Previously submitted manuscripts may not be resubmitted for consideration.
  • Manuscripts under contract or previously published in any way will not be eligible.
  • Submissions will only be accepted electronically by emailing an attached PDF or Word document to with the subject line “SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award Submission.”
  • The author must be a member of SCBWI.
  • Multiple submissions from the same author are eligible.
  • Submissions that reference the Holocaust, the death of a close family member, or are a reference book or workbook will not be accepted/eligible for the award.
  • Manuscripts submitted specifically for the Jewish Stories Award are also eligible for the PJ Library Author Incentive Award (AIA).*
  • For more information on PJ Library’s book selection process, submission guidelines, and book ideas, please visit the following webpage:
Eligibility: The manuscript must be an original work of fiction or nonfiction written in English and geared toward children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years. Whether the manuscript exemplifies a Jewish value, takes place during a Jewish holiday, or addresses Jewish history, it must contain Jewish content. Reference books, books about the Holocaust, and books about the death of a close family member will not be considered. Text only and text with illustrations submissions are welcome. Text with illustrations submissions should include one finished piece of art and 2-3 sketches. The author must be a member of SCBWI, and may submit more than one manuscript for consideration; however, manuscripts under contract will not be accepted.

Guidelines: All submissions will be accepted only via email at as PDF or Word documents with the subject line “SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award Submission” and with complete contact information (name, address, email address, and telephone number) in the body of the email. The PJ Library Book Selection Committee will determine the finalists and a three-member panel of judges comprised of a representative from PJ Library, a librarian or other leader in the children’s book field, and an author, will make the final selection. The winner will be announced at the 2019 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York.
*Author Incentive Award: PJ Library is offering a separate award concurrent with the SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award. This unrelated award is the Author Incentive Award (AIA). Submissions for the AIA will be accepted from July 22, 2016 through December 31, 2018. For more information on the AIA, please visit the following webpage: