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 our awards for writers and illustrators from groups historically marginalized and underrepresented in children’s literature.

We are excited to continue our scholarship awards:

Windows & Mirrors Scholarships for Two SCBWI Members will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2022 conference.

Windows & Mirrors Scholarships for Two New Members will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are not already SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2022 conference. This scholarship will also include a one-year membership to SCBWI. 

 

  • Submission window:  January 1-31, 2022
  • Winners Announced: March 15, 2022

About the New England SCBWI Annual Conference  

The 2022 New England SCBWI Regional Conference will be held April 29-May 1, 2022. Our theme is “FIND YOUR STAR: LET IT SHINE”.

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 2022 annual conference will open after the scholarship announcement has been made.

NESCBWI Windows and Mirrors Scholarship

Submission Guidelines

The New England SCBWI Windows & Mirrors Scholarships were created to boost marginalized voices and visions that have been historically underrepresented in publishing. Applicants must identify as one or more of the following:

• Black

• Person of color

• Indigenous or Native American

• Latinx

• LGBTQIA+

• Person with a disability

• Person who is neurodiverse

• 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. Any decisions regarding eligibility are yours to make, but we ask that you mindfully consider the spirit of this award. 

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

1. Submit the first 500 words from your manuscript in ONE document, WORD or PDF.

2. Maximum 500 words regardless of manuscript category or age type (e.g., PB, MG, YA).

3. If your picture book is under 500 words, submit that full manuscript, but nothing else.

4. Use standard formatting rules. See SCBWI The Book 2021, page 8.

5. DO NOT include your name or contact information in your submission document anywhere. 

6. Name the file in this manner:

TITLE_writing_category.doc
For Example: HARRY_POTTER_writing_YA.doc

7. Fill out the submission form, and upload your manuscript.

 Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

Illustrator Submission Guidelines

1. Submit only ONE document [e.g., JPEG, PDF].

2. ADD an identifying word or phrase in the top left corner of your document. (e.g., “Fish on a Bike”)

3. DO NOT include your name or contact information in your submission document anywhere.

4. Paste 1, 2, or 3 illustrations directly into your ONE document [e.g., JPEG, PDF].

5. Maximum of 3 illustrations.

6. These can be spreads from a picture book dummy and/or portfolio pieces.

7. Alternatively, send the first three spreads of your book dummy, saved as a 3-page pdf.

8. Do not send the entire dummy.

9. Name the file in this manner:

IDENTIFYING_PHRASE_illustration.doc
For Example: FISH_ON_A_BIKE_illustration.doc

10. Fill out the submission form, and upload your manuscript.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022, 11:59 pm ET

 

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

 

Scholarship Judges TBA