The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has once again opened its doors to submissions for the 2009 Work-In-Progress Grants (applications must be received by March 15th, see official applications rules here). Are you thinking of applying for one? Great idea!
I can personally attest that the grants open doors and create buzz - not to mention confirm, in a very concrete way, that you're not totally wasting your time. Receiving someone else's money will motivate you to finish in ways you might never expect (especially when it's Judy Blume's) and will help you take yourself seriously - maybe for the first time. Best of all: awesome previous winner Jay Asher might even write you a personal note to say congrats (I can't guarantee this one, but it did happen to me)!
So...tomorrow I'll post some tips on how to make your application stand out. Let me know if you decide to apply!