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Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Writer Award and New Illustrator Award

Awards to Recognize a USA or Canada Individual
Emerging Children's Author and Illustrator

GrantWatch ID#: 163058
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation


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Awards of $1,000 to both a USA or Canada individual children's author and illustrator to recognize and encourage early talent in the field. Preference will be given to authors and illustrators of books that have not already received awards. Books should highlight the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family.

Additionally, the following criteria will be used to evaluate the books:

- Reflects the multicultural nature of our world.
- Has an original text and original story (no folktales or retelling of folktales).
- Unifies illustrations and text.
- Avoids stereotypes.
- Is respectful of the child’s intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity, and love of learning.

Specifically, Author awards should display freshness and originality of language and literary expression.

Illustrator awards should demonstrate excellent command of the chosen medium, and display freshness and originality in style and/or form of artistic expression. The Award will be given for distinguished artwork that creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story or text.

1 winning author and 1 winning illustrator

A cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winning author and the winning illustrator. If one book receives both Awards, the author and illustrator will each receive $1,000. If the same person receives both the author and illustrator Awards, the cash award will be $1,500.

- Entries from publishers, based on the award criteria, are welcomed.
- To be eligible, the author will have no more than three children’s picture books previously published.
- To be eligible, books must have a 2016 copyright date.
- Books that have not already received awards will be given preference.
- No books by Committee members or their immediate families will be considered. Any other involvement with books under consideration must be brought, by the involved Committee member, to the Chair's attention before the nominating process begins.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send one copy of each book to each Committee member, to the Curator of the de Grummond, and to Dr. Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the EJK Foundation.

Please email Claire Thompson or Ellen Ruffin for a complete list of the committee members and their addresses.

Claire Thompson

Ellen Ruffin

Ellen Ruffin
Curator of the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College, #5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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