SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

NESCBWI Conference Windows & Mirrors Scholarship

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror.”

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop
Professor Emerita, Ohio State University

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 the conference and supporting diverse voices, we are excited to announce a new conference scholarship for writers and illustrators from groups historically marginalized and underrepresented in children’s literature.

The three Windows & Mirrors Diversity Scholarships will cover the cost of conference registration for one SCBWI Member who is an illustrator and one SCBWI Member who is a writer. We also have one Non-Member Scholarship for someone interested in getting to know SCBWI. Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for the cost of hotel, airfare, or other travel expenses.

Submissions will begin on January 30, 2019. The deadline to submit is February 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

The winners will be announced February 28, before registration for the NESCBWI 2019 conference opens on March 3, 2019.

There is no submission fee to enter, but you must be 18 years of age or older.

Only one submission is allowed per person. If you are an author/illustrator, please choose one category to enter.

 

Submission Guidelines

Applicants for the NESCBWI Windows & Mirrors Scholarship must identify as one or more of the following:

Person of color
Indigenous or Native American
Latinx
LGBTQ
Person with a disability
Member of a marginalized religious group

The applicant themselves must identify in one of the categories listed. Being married to, a parent of, or a sibling of someone identifying as such, or being someone who has grown up with people who identify as such, will not qualify an otherwise ineligible applicant.

 

SCBWI Member Writer Submission Guidelines

Please submit one Word document that includes the following:
1. Your name, email address, and the words “SCBWI Member” in the top left corner.
2. Explain how you meet the scholarship criteria described above and why attending NESCBWI 2019 would meaningfully support your writing career.
3. Paste the first 250 words (maximum 250 words regardless of manuscript type) from your manuscript into the word document. Format with standard formatting rules.
4. Name the file with this convention:

FirstName_LastName_writing.doc

NOTE – YOU MUST BE A SCBWI MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

 

SCBWI Member Illustrator Submission Guidelines

Please submit one Word document that includes the following:
1. Your name, email address, and the words “SCBWI Member” in the top left corner.
2. Explain how you meet the scholarship criteria described above and why attending NESCBWI 2019 would meaningfully support your illustration career.
3. Paste 3 illustrations directly into your word document. These can be three images from a picture book dummy or three portfolio pieces.
4. Name the file with this convention:

FirstName_LastName_ illustration.doc

NOTE – YOU MUST BE A SCBWI MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

 

Non-Member Submission Guidelines

This scholarship is for one writer or illustrator who has never been an SCBWI member. The scholarship will include tuition to the NESCBWI 2019 Conference and a one year membership to SCBWI.

Non-members should follow these guidelines:
1. Your name, email address, and the words “SCBWI Non-Member” in the top left corner.
2. Explain how you meet the scholarship criteria described above and why attending NESCBWI 2019, a professional children’s book conference, would meaningfully support your writing or illustration career.
3. How/where did you learn about the NESCBWI Conference Windows & Mirrors Diversity Scholarship?
4. If you are a writer: Paste the first 250 words (maximum 250 words regardless of manuscript type) from your manuscript into the word document. Format with standard formatting rules.
5. If you are an illustrator: Paste three illustrations directly into your word document. These can be three images from a picture book dummy or three portfolio pieces.
6. Name the file with this convention:

FirstName_LastName_ nonmember.doc

Please submit your word doc as an email attachment to Jeanette Bradley, Southern New England Illustrator Coordinator at southic@nescbwi.org by February 23, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

 

Put your name and category in the body of the email.
Make the subject line: NESCBWI19 Windows & Mirrors Grant Application.

Please Note: SCBWI Members may apply for a Windows & Mirrors Scholarship in addition to one of the other NESCBWI conference scholarships (the Anne Barrow Illustration Scholarship, The Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship, or The Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship)

 

Past scholarship winners