PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000): To an author of children’s or young-adult fiction, who has published at least two books, to complete a book-length work-in-progress. Judges: Daniel Handler, Lyn Miller-Lachman, and Neal Shusterman.
WINNER: Sarah Dooley, Free Verse (forthcoming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons).
PEN/Steven Kroll Award Honoring the Author of an Illustrated Children’s Book ($5,000): To a writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2011. Presented for the first time in 2012. Judges for the inaugural award: Carmen Agra Deedy, Susan Kuklin, and Vera B. Williams.
WINNER: Patricia C. McKissack, Never Forgotten (Schwartz & Wade Books).
Submitted by Ruth I. Gordon