SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WRITERS 2019

 


 

Conference Scholarships

 

OPEN NOW FOR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL
MIDNIGHT SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019

 

We a thrilled to have SIX scholarship awards in this year’s conference:

 

SCBWI Margaret Carey Scholarships – 4 places

The Bent Agency BAME scholarship – 1 place

The Bright Agency BAME scholarship – 1 place (Illustrators only)

 

For details, entry rules and criteria, please see below.

 


 

Margaret Carey Scholarships

 

There are FOUR conference scholarships available in memory of Margaret Carey, children’s writer and illustrator and SCBWI British Isles volunteer, in the following categories:

 

Fiction author (Young Adult or Middle Grade) x 2

Picture book author or author/illustrator or illustrator x 2

 

Each scholarship covers the cost of the conference attendance, a 1-1 manuscript critique with an editor, art director or agent, hotel accommodation, and a grant towards travel to Winchester, where the conference will take place

 

 

Who can apply?

 

Current members of SCBWI British Isles* who seek professional development and show great promise in their work, but who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

 

Applicants for both scholarships can be unpublished, self-published or may previously have been traditionally published.

 

Each submission will be judged solely on the work submitted and its potential, and the statement supplied.

 

* If you aren’t sure whether your SCBWI membership is up-to-date, please look yourself up on https://www.scbwi.org/member-search/

 

 

Rules

 

Work should be the applicant’s own and should NOT be under contract with a traditional publisher.

  • You may submit work that has previously been self-published
  • Anyone who fails to address financial need or fulfil the award criteria (see above) will not be put forward to the judging panel.

 

 

Your Submission in five steps

 

1.Entries should be emailed to conferencescholarship@britishscbwi.org.

2. In the subject line please put Conference Scholarship 2019 Entry

3. In the body of the email, please include

Name

Address

Email Address

Telephone Number

Which scholarship you are applying for (MG/YA OR Picture book-author/illustrator)

The title of your book/dummy/illustration

4. Please attach your statement:

This should be 400 or fewer words in a Word document, named with the title of your work followed by statement. EG if your title is Scooby’s Day Out please name the document Scooby’s Day Out – statement. This is to allow for anonymous judging. We will match to your email details, and if by chance titles are duplicated, there is a system in place.

Please explain your financial need, whether you are published, self-published or unpublished, how attending the conference will help you in your writing career, and why you should be awarded the scholarship.

 

5. Please attach your work-in-progress sample:

Middle-Grade and Young Adult writers: The first 1500 words of your unpublished or self-published novel in a Word document. Please name your document with the title of your work. Please also attach a one-page synopsis, in a separate document, with the title of your work followed by “synopsis”. For example, if the title of your work is Scooby’s Day Out, then your document with your extract should be named Scooby’s Day Out, and your document with your synopsis should be Scooby’s Day Out – synopsis.

Please ensure both documents are double-spaced in 12-point type. At the top of each page please put your title, and tell us that it’s either middle grade or young adult.

 

Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document – this is to allow judging to be anonymous.

Please do NOT include your name on the file as it will be sent on to the judges and it needs to be anonymous – we will match it to your email details.

 

 


 

The Bent Agency Scholarship

 

This scholarship is sponsored by the Bent Agency in the following categories:

 

BAME* author of young adult or middle-grade fiction, or a picture book author or author/illustrator

 

The scholarship covers the cost of the conference attendance, a 1-1 manuscript critique with a Bent Agency agent, hotel accommodation, and a grant towards travel to Winchester, where the conference will take place. If the winner isn’t a member of SCBWI-BI, they will also be given membership for one year.

 

 

Who can apply?

 

Members of SCBWI British Isles and non-members who are BAME and seek professional development and show great promise in their work, but who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

Applicants for both scholarships can be unpublished, or self-published, but not previously traditionally published.

Each submission will be judged solely on the work submitted and its potential, and the statement supplied.

 

*BAME is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “black, Asian and minority ethnic (used to refer to members of non-white communities in the UK)”.

 

 

Rules

 

Work should be the applicant’s own and should NOT be under contract with a traditional publisher. The applicant should not already be represented by a literary agent.

            You may submit work that has previously been self-published

            Anyone who fails to fulfil the award criteria (see above) will not be put forward to the judging panel

            The judging panel will make its decision based on the promise of the work and the applicant’s statement

 

Please follow the submission guidelines in exactly the same way as the Margaret Carey scholarships, also sending your work to conferencescholarship@britishscbwi.org. It will be forwarded to a different judging panel.

 

  

DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS: Midnight Saturday 3rd August 2019

 

All enquiries AND entries to:  conferencescholarship@britishscbwi.org

 

 

 


Submissions not in compliance with the rules will be disqualified.

We will be announcing the names of the winners unless you request to remain anonymous (please state this clearly on your submission email if this is the case). SCBWI British Isles reserves the right not to award a scholarship if the entries do not meet the required standard. Good luck!

 

SCBWI members may apply for both the Margaret Carey scholarships and
the two BAME scholarships if they are eligible.

 


Read what Hannah Sanguinetti, last year’s winner of the Margaret Carey picture book/illustrator scholarship, has to say about her experience:

 

Along with all of the excitement and hope I felt at winning the 2018 Margaret Carey Illustration Scholarship, there came a creeping feeling of fear. I had been lucky enough to win this fantastic award, and now I and my work would be out there, amongst an entire conference of other authors and illustrators. A new door had opened up in front of me, and I was afraid to step through it. Would my work be good enough? Would I be good enough? What would I say to people? Who would I meet? Could I tell people that I really still didn’t know what I was doing? That I was just beginning? I felt like a fraud.

 

But, do you know, I needn’t have worried.

 

SCBWI really is one of the most fantastic organisations, because it manages to support both established and extremely successful writers and illustrators, and complete newcomers. The conference was packed with interesting, informative and fun events of an impressive variety. The keynote speeches were inspiring and the workshops gave a practical view into other techniques and approaches. Watching the participants of ‘The Hook’ up on stage gave me something to reflect on- how nervous must they be feeling? There was so much to learn, it was overwhelming. But in between the events, there was also care and companionship. People sought me out; asked me how I was doing, if I had everything I needed, if they could join me for lunch. Some knew that I had won the scholarship and asked about it, but most people I talked to just wanted to meet whoever  sat next to them and find a common ground.

 

Some of the most encouraging and inspiring things I learned at the conference were not to do with development of my specific skills. I didn’t come away with an agent, an art director and a four-book deal. But I did experience the huge range of style, skill, experience and background that SCBWI members bring with them. I saw that perseverance will get you there in the end, and that it is important to be true to your own art. Also, that through all of this, SCBWI support means that you do not have to struggle alone. The Margaret Carey Scholarship did indeed open a new and scary door for me, but when I looked through it I did not find a rocky and impenetrable wasteland of deadlines, expectations, rejected manuscripts and uninterested art directors. I found warm and welcoming people, telling me that I was in the right place and that I just needed to keep going. The conference really was a game-changer, thankyou SCBWI.

 

 

Woof Rolling © Hannah Sanguinetti

 

 

 

 

 


ABOUT MARGARET CAREY

 

Margaret Carey

For many years, Margaret organised events for both authors and illustrators in SCBWI British Isles with verve and passion. Her volunteering and amazingly generous spirit were recognized in 2010 when she received the inaugural SCBWI British Isles Outstanding Contribution Award. She was a talented writer and illustrator and was a winner in the Undiscovered Voices anthology competition in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Society of Authors Main Sponsor: Golden Egg

SCBWI would like to thank the sponsors for their support. SCBWI is a non-profit organization
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