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2017 Houston SCBWI Conference – The Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award


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Joan Lowery Nixon Memorial Award







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Joy Preble



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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 as with last, Houston’s own Joy Preble will be our mentor to a middle grade or young adult author. If a picture book is chosen, Kathy Duval will mentor the author. At the conference for 2017, 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

To learn more about Kathy Duval, visit

If you want your submitted manuscript to be considered for the Joan Lowery Nixon Award, read about the award.  All faculty, including local authors, who are critiquing manuscripts Saturday can nominate a manuscript they critique.  This is not for the e-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