SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The NESCBWI Windows and 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 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.

Two Windows & Mirrors Diversity Scholarships will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2020 conference in Springfield, MA. 

Two New Member Windows & Mirrors Diversity Scholarships will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are not already SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2020 conference in Springfield, MA, and will include a one-year membership to SCBWI. 

Two runners-up (one illustrator and one writer) will receive a scholarship that will cover the cost of registration to their choice of either our 2020 spring or fall Agent/Editor/Art Director Days. 

Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for the cost of hotel, airfare, or other travel expenses.

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 window:  January 1- 31, 2020     
  • Winners Announced: February 15, 2020

 

About the New England SCBWI Annual Conference  

The 2020 New England SCBWI Regional Conference will be held on May 1-3, 2020 at the Sheraton Monarch Place in Springfield, MA. Our theme is “Finding Joy in the Journey.”  Authors, illustrators, editors, agents, and marketing professionals will lead attendees in craft and marketing-oriented sessions. The conference also includes panel discussions with agents and editors, and keynote addresses from acclaimed writers and illustrators. Registration for the 2020 annual conference will open after the scholarship announcement has been made. 

The two Windows & Mirrors Diversity Scholarships will cover the cost of conference registration for one illustrator and one writer.  The two New Member scholarships Include a one-year membership to SCBWI as well as conference registration for a writer and an illustrator who are not currently SCBWI members. 

 

About Agent/Editor/Art Director Day

For authors of middle grade or young adult fiction, as well as authors and illustrators of picture books, there is nothing better than getting professional feedback on your manuscript, book dummy, or portfolio. Sometimes it’s all you need to move forward with your work.

At our New England SCBWI Agent/Editor/ARt Director Days, writers and illustrators sit at a round table with 7 other authors or illustrators and an agent, an editor, or an art director. Each participant has time to present their first pages, portfolio, or book dummy, and get feedback from the group and from the industry professional.  There is time for informal networking over lunch, and a second round table after lunch. The day wraps up with a panel discussion and Q&A with industry professionals. 

There will be two scholarships awarded that will cover the registration fee to one of these 2020 events (winner’s choice). 

Agent/Editor/AD Day South

When: March 21, 2020, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Fairfield University, CT

Agent/Editor/AD Day Central

When: November 7, 2020, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Devens Commons Center, MA

 

Submission Guidelines

Applicants for the New England SCBWI Windows & Mirrors Scholarships 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.

 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 submitting a book dummy, please enter the illustration category. 

Writer Submission Guidelines

Please submit one Word or google document that includes the following:

  1. The title of your writing sample.  Please do not include your name or contact information in your document. 
  2. The first 250 words from your manuscript (maximum 250 words regardless of manuscript type) Format with standard formatting rules.
  3. Name the file with this convention: title_writing.doc  
  4. Email your document as an email attachment to Jeanette Bradley, Southern New England Illustrator Coordinator at southic@nescbwi.org Make the subject line of your email “NESCBWI Agent/Editor Scholarship.”   In the body of your email, please include the following:
  1. What category are you entering? please indicate Writing 
  2. Are you a member of SCBWI? Please choose member or nonmember 
  3. Your name:
  4. Your email address:
  5. The file name of your attachment: 

 Submission Deadline: January 31, 2020 – Midnight EST

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Illustrator Submission Guidelines

Please submit one Word or Google document, or a pdf that includes the following:

  1. Type an identifying word or phrase that describes something in one of your illustrations, top left corner of your document.  (for example: “Fish on a Bike”) Please do not include any names or contact information in your document 
  2. Paste 3 illustrations directly into your word or google document. These can be three spreads from a picture book dummy or three portfolio pieces.  Alternatively, send the first three spreads of your book dummy, saved as a 3-page pdf. Do not send the entire dummy. Make sure your name is not included. 
  3. Name the file with this convention: Identifyingword_ illustration.doc  (For example: fish_on_a_bike_illustration.doc) 
  4. Email your document as an email attachment to Jeanette Bradley, Southern New England Illustrator Coordinator at southic@nescbwi.org Make the subject line of your email “NESCBWI Agent/Editor Scholarship.”   In the body of your email, please include the following:
  1. What category are you entering? please indicate Illustration
  2. Are you a member of SCBWI? Please choose member or nonmember 
  3. Your name:
  4. Your email address:
  5. The file name of your attachment: 

 

Submission Deadline:  January 31, 2020 @ midnight EST. 

 

Please Note: You may apply for a Windows & Mirrors Scholarship in addition to one of the other NESCBWI scholarships (the Anne Barrow Illustration Scholarship, The Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship, or The Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship) However, you may only submit one entry to the Windows & Mirrors Scholarship

 

Our scholarship judges for 2020 are: Illustration: Nicole Tadgell & Jannie Ho

Writing: Amitha Knight, Janet Costa Bates, and Mia Wenjen