Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





Conference Scholarships


***New Extended Deadline***
Midnight 30th AUGUST 2019


The Bright Agency Scholarship

This scholarship is sponsored by The Bright Agency in the following categories:


BAME* children’s book illustrator or author-illustrator

The scholarship covers the cost of the conference attendance, a 1-1 portfolio critique with a Bright 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 illustration 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Applicants for both scholarships can be unpublished, or self-published, but not previously traditionally published.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 strength of the illustration work submitted and its potential, and the statement supplied. Please note that author/illustrators may apply but they will be judged on the illustrations they provide.


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



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 an 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.


How to apply:

Please follow the steps below:

1. Entries should be emailed to

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

3. In the body of the email, please include

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Title or theme of 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 illustration career, and why you should be awarded the scholarship.

5. Please attach examples of your work:

Please submit 3-4 finished illustrated images as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file or appropriate JPGs, named with the title or theme of the illustration, EG Dogs playing in the snow. You may send a file over 2MB via a service such as We Transfer. If you are an author/illustrator the work can be all from the same book but please do not send a manuscript.


DEADLINE: Midnight Friday 30th August 2019


All illustrator enquiries AND entries to:

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. Please note that the Margaret Carey Scholarship has now closed – the extended deadline only applies to the Bright Scholarship.



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