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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. Maximum amount of the award is $4,000.00. 

Click here for the 2007 winner!

Tips for Planning an Author/Illustrator Visit


Click here for a copy of the 2008 Hayes Award application form. - DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications due 1/1/2008!


Criteria for selecting the host institution  

The committee charged with the selection responsibility will consider a combination of factors, including:

1. Reasons for 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 interest in the work of the author/illustrator; the inability to host such an event without the Award’s monetary contribution;  a special celebration, etc.

2. Facilities. The appropriateness, both in terms of capacity and accessibility.

3. Administrative support. The organizational and administrative capabilities of the person or group submitting an application evident in the enclosed proposed budget, and partly manifested in the presentation of the application itself.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Applicant must be an ALSC member.  Current membership in ALA/ALSC is required in order to apply for this award.

Responsibilities of the host institution 

1. To 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.

2. The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award covers only the honorarium and travel expenses 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 upfront travel costs. Maximum award is for $4000.

3. To arrange and pay for any reception, dinner, or other hospitality honoring the speaker following the visit and to pay for all local lodging, meals, taxis, etc. of the lecturer.

4. To prepare and distribute publicity. 

5. 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, must be arranged with the author/illustrator's knowledge and permission, and must be funded separately.


 

Information about ALSC's Maureen Hayes Award.