Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award

About the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award
The award was established with funding from Simon and Schuster to honor Maureen Hayes for her life-long efforts to bring together children and authors/illustrators. The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award pays for the honorarium and travel for a visiting author/illustrator.

Named for the late Maureen Hayes, who in the 1980s was the Director of Library Services for Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of up to $4,000 to cover the honorarium and travel expenses for a visiting author/illustrator.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Applicants must:

  • Be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA; organizational members are not eligible
  • Act as host for the author/illustrator visit, the date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the artist/illustrator and the host institution
  • The award covers only the honorarium and travel expense to and from the host city.  The host is responsible for making travel arrangements that are mutually agreed upon by the host and the author/illustrator, and for paying the up front travel costs.  Maximum award is $4,000
  • Host institution must arrange to pay for any reception, dinner, or other hospitality honoring the speaker following the visit and to pay for all local lodging, meals, etc. of the lecturer
  • Prepare and distribute publicity
  • If applicable, autographing and sale of books may be arranged with the publisher by the host institution.  Any other programs/events (other than those promoting the visit) must be arranged with the author/illustrator's publisher(s) or agent, and must be arranged with the author/illustrator's knowledge and permission, and must be funded separately

Application Instructions

Please fill out the online application located on the ALSC website.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Each application will be judged on the following:

  • Reasons for the application.  The applicant seeks to provide a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who have not had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author/illustrator.  Reasons for applying could include: particular contribution; a special celebration, etc.
  • Facilities.  The appropriateness, both in terms of capacity and accessibility.
  • Administrative support.  The organization and administrative capabilities of the person or group submitting an application evident in the enclosed budget, and partially manifested in the presentation of the application itself.
  • Cooperation with other organizations.  The applicant must work cooperatively with other types of libraries (academic, public and school) and bookstores within the local community to provide the author/illustrator visit, thereby also providing a broader audience.  The applicant must present the library's educational goals, as well as evidence of how those goals apply to the local community's educational goals.  The extent to which meaningful cooperation among various local or area groups would suggest an ability to share responsibilities of personnel, time, and money needed to cover local expenses.
  • Author/Illustrator visit visibility.  Emphasis on the presentation as a distinctive event publicized to and open to all potential attendees in the area is a priority for each Award.