SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCHOLARSHIPS 2022

 

 Conference Scholarships


 

OPEN NOW FOR SUBMISSIONS UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2022.

 


SCBWI-BI Margaret Carey and SCBWI BI Member full scholarships

Three full scholarships were set up in memory of Margaret Carey, children’s writer and illustrator and SCBWI British Isles volunteer. We are offering full scholarships in the following categories:

  • Fiction writer (Young Fiction, Young Adult or Middle Grade) X2
  • Picture book writer, writer/illustrator or illustrator X1

One full scholarship category ­– the SCBWI BI Member Scholarship – was created through the generosity of our members, and will be awarded to a writer, illustrator or writer/illustrator who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference due to financial need.

(Full scholarships cover the cost of attending the conference, travel contribution (£50), hotel accommodation and a 1-1 manuscript / portfolio critique.)

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Applicants for all four full scholarships can be unpublished, self-published or may previously have been traditionally published.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/

Alice Williams Literary Attendance Scholarship

Alice Williams Literary will sponsor an underrepresented* writer and/or illustrator, who is financially unable to attend the conference. This is an attendance scholarship that covers the cost of attending the conference and a 1-1 manuscript / portfolio critique.

Who can apply?

Traditionally underrepresented* writers and/or illustrators (both SCBWI members and non-members who reside in the British Isles region) who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published, but not previously traditionally published. You must be unagented.

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

 

The Bright Agency Full Scholarship

The Bright Agency will sponsor a neuro-diverse or disabled writer and/or illustrator, who is financially unable to attend the conference. This is a full scholarship that covers the cost of attending the conference, travel contribution (£50), hotel accommodation and a 1-1 manuscript / portfolio critique.

Who can apply?

Neuro-diverse or disabled writers and/or illustrators (both SCBWI British Isles members and non-members who reside in the British Isles region) who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published, but not previously traditionally published. You must be unagented.

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

 

 

Lindsay Literary Agency Attendance Scholarship

Lindsay Literary Agency will sponsor an underrepresented* writer or writer/illustrator, who is financially unable to attend the conference. This is an attendance scholarship that covers the cost of attending the conference and a 1-1 manuscript / portfolio critique.

Who can apply?

Traditionally underrepresented* writers or writers/illustrators (both SCBWI members and non-members who reside in the British Isles region) who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published, but not previously traditionally published. You must be unagented.

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

 

Society of Authors Attendance Scholarship

The Society of Authors will sponsor an underrepresented* writer or writer/illustrator, who is financially unable to attend the conference. This is an attendance scholarship that covers the cost of attending the conference and a 1-1 manuscript / portfolio critique.

Who can apply?

Traditionally underrepresented* writers and/or illustrators (both SCBWI members and non-members who reside in the British Isles region) who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

Applicants can be unpublished or self-published, but not previously traditionally published. You must be unagented.

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

YOUR SUBMISSION

Entries should be emailed to conferencescholarship@britishscbwi.org

In the subject line please put SCBWI conference scholarships 2022

In the body of the email, please include

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Which scholarship you are applying for, i.e. one of the SCBWI full scholarships, the Alice Williams attendance scholarship, the Bright Agency full scholarship, the Lindsay Literary attendance scholarship or the Society of Authors attendance scholarship. You can just say that you’re applying for all of them if you’re eligible!
  • The title of your book/dummy/illustration

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. For example, 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.

Please attach your work-in-progress sample

Young Fiction, Middle-Grade and Young Adult writers: The first 1000 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 in 12-point type, the sample of work double-spaced, the synopsis single spaced. At the top of each page please put your title, and tell us that it’s either young fiction, middle grade or young adult. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document – this is to allow judging to be anonymous.

Picture Book Writers: Submit your entire unpublished or self-publishedmanuscript, double-spaced in 12-point type (maximum word count: 1500 words). Your document should be named with your title and picture book, EG Scooby’s Day Out – picture book. At the top of each page, please put your title and tell us that it’s a picture book. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document – this is to allow judging to be anonymous.

Picture Book Writer/Illustrators: Submit a rough picture book dummy, including at least two finished illustrations. Please send as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file, naming it with your title and dummy, e.g. Scooby’s Day Out – dummy. You may send a file over 2MB via a service such as WeTransfer. 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.

Illustrators: Submit one promotional or marketing sheet which you might send to an art director that includes one image or several images on a page that is no larger than A4. Please send as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file or appropriate JPG, naming it with your title or theme and the word illustration, EG Dogs playing in the snow – illustrations. You may send a file over 2MB via a service such as WeTransfer. 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.

 

Final points

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 (as explained in their statement) will not be put forward to the judging panel.

SCBWI members may apply for both the SCBWI scholarships (Margaret Carey & SCBWI BI Member) and the sponsor scholarships if they are eligible.

DEADLINE FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIPS: Midnight Monday 26th September 2022

All enquiries AND entries to:  conferencescholarship@britishscbwi.org

Submissions not in compliance with the rules will be disqualified.

*The SCBWI recognises all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalisation.

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!

 

 

ABOUT MARGARET CAREY

For many years, Margaret organised events for both writers 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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