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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 and Michelle Markel. 

Eligibility and Submissions for the 2014 Awards


Submissions for the 2014 Awards are now closed.

Who Is Eligible
Eligible books must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. Submissions are welcome from any source: writers, editors, literary agents, or members of the literary community at large. One need not be a Member of PEN to submit. Self-published books are not eligible.
If you submit a book for this award, you may not submit it for any additional PEN American Center awards.
How to apply
1. Submissions are now closed. Each submission is $50. If you would like to pay by check, please enter CHECK in the coupon code field at checkout. Be sure to print your receipt. Please also submit a verified email address on the submission form; your order cannot be processed without an email address, as this info will be used to later contact you regarding the shipments of your submission.
2. Mail one copy of the candidate's book accompanied by the printed receipt to the address below between October 1, 2013 and December 16, 2013 to:

PEN/Steven Kroll Award
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012

3. Once the submitted book is received and reviewed for eligibility by PEN, you will be contacted and asked to ship one copy of the book to each of our three awards judges.
Submission fees may be waived for publishers whose annual net sales are less than $4 million. In order to have your dues waived, please have a company official write a letter on company letterhead stating that your press' annual net sales are less than $4 million. Please send this letter as an attachment (.doc or .pdf) to awards@pen.org. Once received, you will be provided with a coupon code to use at check-out in order to have your submission fees waived.