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Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Book Award - New Writer Award and New Illustrator Award

Awards to USA Individuals to Recognize Emerging
Talent in Writing and Illustrating Children's Books

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Ezra Jack Keats (EJK) Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/15/17

Description:

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Awards with an honorarium of $1,000 to a USA author and an illustrator to encourage and recognize emerging talent in the creation of children’s books. Nominations are invited on behalf of outstanding new illustrators and writers whose books portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family, and the multicultural nature of the world.

Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award:

This award will be given to a new writer for a picture book written in the tradition of Ezra Jack Keats that:

-Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family
-Reflects the multicultural nature of our world
-Has an original text and original story (no folk tales or retelling of folk tales)
-Unifies illustrations and text
-Avoids stereotypes
-Is respectful of the child's intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity, and love of learning
-Displays freshness and originality of language and literary expression

Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award:

This award will be given for distinguished artwork that creatively and skillfully embodies the essence of the story or text. The award will be given for illustration of a picture book that is rendered in the tradition of Ezra Jack Keats that:

-Highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family
-Reflects the multicultural nature of our world
-Unifies illustrations and text (if present)
-Avoids stereotypes
-Is respectful of the child's intelligence, sensitivity, curiosity, and love of learning
-Demonstrates excellent command of the chosen medium
-Displays freshness and originality in style and/or form of artistic expression

Publishers must agree to display the award seal on winning books.

In addition to the two winning categories, an Honor Books category was added in 2012.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163058

Number of Grants:

There will be 1 Ezra Jack Keats New Author Award and 1 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A cash award of $1,000, coupled with the esteemed Ezra Jack Keats medallion (inscribed with the recipient's name), will be presented to the winning author and illustrator.

Further, a handsome gold seal with the iconic image of "Peter" in a red snow suit (from The Snowy Day) is made available to the publisher to affix to copies of the book. The Foundation expects that the winning book will carry the seal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, writers and illustrators must have had no more than three books previously published.

Books that have not already received awards will be given preference. No books by committee members or their immediate families will be considered.

To be eligible, books must have a 2017 copyright date.

Pre-Application Information:

Entries may be sent at any time during the year prior to the deadline of December 15, 2017.

Selection will take place in January 2017 in time for the award presentation in April.

The winners are announced at the EJK Book Award ceremony in April, during the Children’s Book Festival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They are notified immediately after selection, so that they and their publishers can make arrangements to travel to the ceremony. The winners must be present to receive the award.

New Writer Award Guidelines:
http://www.lib.usm.edu/degrummond/ezra_keats/keats_writer.html

New Illustrator Award Guidelines:
http://www.lib.usm.edu/degrummond/ezra_keats/keats_illus.html

FAQ:
http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/faq/faq-book-award/

Contact Information:

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

Claire Thompson
Claire.Thompson@usm.edu

Ellen Ruffin
ellen.ruffin@usm.edu

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
450 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215-5702

foundation@ezra-jack-keats.or

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