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2016 Houston SCBWI Conference – The Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award

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Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award







Joan Lowery Nixon









Joy Preble









Kathy Duval


The Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award was established to honor the writer who so generously shared her time and talents with our members. For many years, Joan volunteered to mentor a writer whose manuscript submitted for the SCBWI-Houston conference was deemed nearest publication. Following Joan’s death in 2003, Kathi Appelt, graciously took over the role of mentor until 2013.

This year Houston’s own Joy Preble will be our mentor to a middle grade or young adult author. At the conference for 2016, each speaker will choose one MG or YA manuscript that they think is closest to publication. This wonderful opportunity is geared to writers who are not currently published in the genre of their critiqued manuscript.
To learn more about Joy Preble, visit

And some wonderful news for PB authors! We have now confirmed that should a picture book be nominated and win the JLN award, that book will be mentored by picture book author Kathy Duval.

If you want your submitted MG or YA fiction manuscript to be considered for the Joan Lowery Nixon Award, read about the award.  Only Speakers can nominate a manuscript they critique.  This is not for the e-critiques or local author critiques.  Request consideration in the body of your email for email manuscripts and write on a separate piece of paper requesting consideration for mailed manuscripts.  If you do not make the request, you will not be considered.

Your submission should be in standard manuscript format. Formatting guidelines for members can be found at under the Resource Library tab where you’ll find the From Keyboard to Printed Page article. Non-members can use or