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.

Two Windows & Mirrors Scholarships for SCBWI Members will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2021 conference.

Two New Member Windows & Mirrors Scholarships will cover the cost of registration for one illustrator and one writer who are not already SCBWI members to attend the NESCBWI 2021 conference and will include a one-year membership to SCBWI. 

 

  • Submission window:  Feb 1 – Feb 15, 2021     
  • Winners Announced: March 1, 2021

About the New England SCBWI Annual Conference  

The 2021 New England SCBWI Regional Conference will be held virtually April 30-May 2, 2021. 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 2021 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:

  • 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. 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

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 500 words from your manuscript (maximum 500 words regardless of manuscript type, if your picture book is under 500 words, submit just one full picture book manuscript) Format with standard formatting rules.
  3. Name the file with this convention: title_writing.doc  
  4. Fill out the submission form and upload your manuscript.

 Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020 – 11:59 pm EST

 

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 document or pdf. 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 in your submission. 
  3. Name the file with this convention: Identifyingword_ illustration.doc  (For example: fish_on_a_bike_illustration.doc) 
  4. Fill out the submission form and upload your file 

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2020 – 11:59 pm 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 2021 are:

Illustration: Jannie Ho and Oge Mora

Writing: Amitha Knight, Lisa Stringfellow, and Cindy Rodriguez