PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing ($5,000)
The PEN/Steven Kroll Award was established in memory of Steven Kroll to acknowledge the distinct literary contributions of picture book writers. Kroll, a former PEN Trustee and long-time Chair of PEN’s Children’s/Young Adult Book Authors Committee, was also a prolific author of books for children. His 100th and final book was published in March 2012.
The annual award was presented for the first time in 2012 and confers a prize of $5,000. It acknowledges an American or U.S.-based writer for exceptional text illustrated in a picture book. The winner will be chosen by a panel of three judges, who will be selected by PEN’s Children’s/Young Adult Book Authors Committee in consultation with Kroll’s widow, Kathleen Beckett.
Past winners: Patricia C. McKissack, Michelle Markel, and Bil Lepp.
Eligibility and Submissions
This award is no longer offered.
Eligible books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Submissions will only be accepted from publishers, editors, and agents. One need not be a Member of PEN to submit. Self-published books are not eligible.
PEN/Steven Kroll Award
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