Walter Award FAQ

  • What is your definition of diverse?

WNDB’s definition of who is diverse is stated in our mission statement. In part our statement defines diversity as including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.


  • I would like to nominate a book for consideration for the Walter Award, can I share it with you?

Please check our submission guidelines on our website.  They contain everything you need to know regarding who is allowed to submit books and nominations. WNDB is not accepting nominations from the general public unless they fit into the criterion listed in the guidelines.


  • Can a book by a diverse author who wrote outside their diversity qualify for the Walter Award?

WNDB’s mission is to amplify the voices of diverse authors and to highlight diverse works. If a diverse author wrote a diverse book they are eligible for consideration for the Walter Award for YA.


  • Is the award limited to young adult?

For our first year, the Walter Award is limited to young adult. WNDB recognizes that children’s literature spans far beyond young adult. Future Walter Awards will expand to include middle-grade and picture books.


  • I wrote a diverse book but I am not a diverse author. Am I eligible?  

As WNDB’s mission is to amplify both diverse works and diverse authors this award is limited to diverse authors who wrote diverse works. WNDB admires and respects authors who may not meet this criterion but who write diversity in a thoughtful, respectful and nuanced manner. This particular award has a specific aim to amplify diverse voices and diverse works and to address this specific issue.


  • I am a diverse author and wrote a diverse book, how can I submit my book?

Please get in touch with your publisher. Unless you are self-published, all submissions must come through publishers.


  • When will the award be announced?

The 2017 Walter Award will be announced in January 2017.


  • I’m a publishing house that does not meet the self-published guidelines but I cannot send the required number of copies for the judges. What should I do?

For publishing houses that feel it is an undue burden to send the required copies to the judges, please follow the procedure listed for self-published authors and please indicate why you are doing so in your e-mail submission.


  • I write in many different genres. Can I submit samples in several different genres?

Please choose one category to submit, whichever you feel is a better fit for consideration.


  • I am not a U.S. Citizen. Can I apply?

You are eligible to apply if you have legal residence in the United States regardless of citizenship.


  • When will I hear back that I won?

Winners will be notified November 2016.


  • My illustrations would be better evaluated in person. Can I mail it in?

Unfortunately, we cannot have original works or copies mailed in. Any illustration must be submitted electronically.


  • Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee to apply for the Walter Grant.


  • The submission guidelines say that applicants cannot have books on submission. What does this mean?

Applicants who have books on submission to publishing houses are not eligible for the Walter Grant. Books on submission to procure an agent however will not render the applicant ineligible.


  • I published a book (adult, textbook, etc) but it was not a children’s book. Am I eligible?

No. Authors who have published outside of children’s literature are also not eligible for the Walter Grant.


  • Do I need an English degree or previous publications to apply?

There are no degree or publication credits required to apply for the grant.


  • I self-published a book, am I eligible for the Walter Grant?

No, authors who have have self published are not eligible for the Walter Grant.

Please continue to check back as more answers will be added as questions arise.