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New England SCBWI Scholarships

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In 2005, our Region lost two friends and passionate mentors–illustrator Ann Barrow and writer Ruth Landers Glass. This loss inspired the SCBWI New England Regional Team to begin a Memory Fund that now finances several annual scholarships. Donations to the Memory Fund are welcome throughout the year.

NESCBWI is proud to announce three Scholarship Opportunities – The Ann Barrow Scholarship, the Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship, and the Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship. Each scholarship provides full Saturday tuition to the 2020 NESCBWI Annual Conference to a writer or illustrator who is a current SCBWI member and a resident of New England. Applicants do not need to be registered for the 2019 conference to be eligible for any of the scholarships.


The Ann Barrow Scholarship (Illustrators) – Deadline March 30, 2019

NESCBWI will award a scholarship to  the  2020 New England conference in memory of Ann Barrow, a dedicated SCBWI member & teacher, who illustrated over 20 children’s books including Big Blue, published by Charlesbridge in 2004, Butterflies in My Garden, published by Mondo in 2003 and Growing up Abenaki, written by Joseph Bruchac, published by Rigby in 2003. Her career began in 1977 and included book jackets, children’s magazines, greeting cards, giftware and portraiture. She was killed in 2006 in a tragic car accident.  Read more . . .


The Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship – Deadline March 30, 2019

NESCBWI will award a scholarship to the 2020 New England conference,  in honor of longtime member, Peter Davis. In addition to being a frequent volunteer, he was instrumental in starting our NESCBWI listserve, and another listserve specifically for illustrators. Read more . . .


The Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship (Writers) – Deadline March 30, 2019

We are excited to announce the 2019 Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship for NESCBWI writers. Ruth Landers Glass was an active member in NESCBWI who nurtured aspiring writers. She was an artist, writer and founding member of two Newton, Massachusetts, critique groups that helped many writers move toward publication. The scholarship provides writers with an opportunity to attend the NESCBWI conference for one full day. Read more . . .


New England SCBWI also offers three other scholarships:


The Marguerite W. Davol Picture Book Critique Scholarship (Writers) – Deadline December 10, 2019

For the seventh year, NESCBWI is happy to honor the memory of Peg Davol with a scholarship for a two-part picture book manuscript critique. Peg was a longtime SCBWI member and the 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. After that, she was rarely seen without a yellow pad of paper. She may never have missed a NESCBWI conference, where she was a welcoming presence recognized by her elaborate dangling earrings and big infectious smile). Read more . . .


The NESCBWI Windows & Mirrors Scholarships – Deadline January 31, 2020

NESCBWI believes that all children deserve to have books that serve as both mirrors and windows into the diverse human experience. With the goal of broadening access to our conferences and supporting diverse voices, we are excited to announce six scholarships for writers and illustrators from groups historically marginalized and underrepresented in children’s literature.  Read more …


The Jane Yolen NESCBWI Scholarship

The Jane Yolen NESCBWI Scholarship recognizes Jane Yolen’s tremendous contribution to the New England SCBWI Region. Each year at the NESCBWI regional conference, Jane randomly draws a name out of a bucket, and the winner receives free tuition to the next year’s conference. The only qualification is that the winner must be a member of SCBWI.



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