Posted on: March 5, 2014
The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its eleventh Children’s Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children's author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend and an office at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from September 2014 through May 2015. Applications must be postmarked by April 1st. To learn more about the program & prior winners please see: http://www.writer-in-residence.org. The application form can be found here: http://www.bpl.org/general/associates/2014ApplicationCWIR.pdf
Posted on: October 29, 2013
NE-SCBWI is glad to offer a new scholarship for a picture book manuscript critique that honors the memory of Peg Davol, a longtime SCBWI member and author of picture books including The Paper Dragon, illustrated by Robert Sabuda, which won the Golden Kite Award. Peg was the mother of grown children and a retired preschool teacher when she began writing most seriously, and then was rarely seen without a yellow pad of paper. She may never have missed a NE-SCBWI conference, and many of you may remember her as the person with white curls, dangling earrings likely to be shaped like red lizards or purple dragonflies, and a big infectious smile.
The Marguerite W. Davol Picture Book Critique Scholarship will be given to two NE-SCBWI members each year: one to a published member and one to a pre-published member. This year, the published winner will receive a critique from Jane Yolen, a founding member of SCBWI and author of over 300 books, and the pre-published winner from Mary Brigid Barrett, an author and illustrator who has taught both children's book writing and illustrating at The Rhode Island School of Design. After working with Jane or Mary Brigid, the winners will receive a free critique at the NE-SCBWI annual spring conference. Recipients will need to register for at least one day of the NE-SCBWI conference.
This year's judges are writers Jeannine Atkins, Jo Knowles, and Ellen Wittlinger. They will be looking for distinguished language in this genre that may be a child's introduction to literature, and a sense of hope, joy, and perhaps humor or sadness. The work should be entertaining or enlightening primarily to the child, but also to the adult who reads aloud. Manuscripts should be submitted as they'd be sent to a publisher, but please don't put your name on the pages. Instead, include a separate cover letter with contact information. We ask that you don't exceed a thousand words, and remind you that in this short form, every word matters, for both meaning and sound.
Manuscripts are due December 15 and should be sent to: DavolScholarship@nescbwi.org. That is also the email to use for any questions.