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SCBWI-BI Margaret Carey scholarships


SCBWI-BI Margaret Carey scholarships

Two conference scholarships were set up in memory of Margaret Carey, children’s writer and illustrator and SCBWI British Isles volunteer, in the following two categories:

  • fiction author (Young Adult or Middle Grade)
  • picture book author or illustrator

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Applicants for all scholarships can be unpublished, self-published or may previously have been traditionally published.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



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.


1. Entries should be emailed to

In the subject line please put Conference Scholarship 2018 Entry.

2. In the body of the email, please include your


Email Address
Telephone Number

Which scholarship(s) you are applying for 
The title/theme of your book/dummy/illustration


3. Please attach your statement

This should be 400 or fewer words in a Word document, named ‘Your title – Statement’: Please explain your financial need, whether you are published, self-published or unpublished, how attending the conference will help you in your writing career, and why you should be awarded the scholarship.


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

Novel writers: The first 1500 words of your unpublished or self-published novel in a Word document, named: ‘Your Title – Extract’. Also, a one-page synopsis, in a separate document, named: ‘Your Title – Synopsis’. Please ensure both documents are double-spaced in 12-point type. At the top of the first page, please put your title and genre (Young Adult or Middle Grade). On subsequent pages, please only have the title. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document.

Picture Book Writers: Submit your entire unpublished or self-published manuscript, double-spaced in 12-point type (maximum word count: 1500 words). Your document should be named: ‘Your title – Picture Book’. At the top of the first page, please put your title and tell us that it’s a picture book. On subsequent pages, please only have the title. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document.

Picture Book Author/Illustrators: Submit a rough picture book dummy, including at least two finished illustrations. Please send as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file, naming it: ‘Your title – Dummy’. You may send a file over 2MB via a service such as We Transfer. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document.

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: ‘Your title/theme – Illustration’. You may send a file over 2MB via a service such as We Transfer. Please do NOT include your name anywhere on the document.

DEADLINE: Midnight Saturday 25th August 2018

All 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). We will delete all entries once the conference is over. SCBWI British Isles and the Bent Agency reserve the right not to award a scholarship if the entries do not meet the required standard. Good luck!



Margaret CareyFor 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.



Margaret Carey scholarship winner 2015 Susan Brownrigg wrote about her conference experience here:


Need any more encouragement? Here’s Ruth Grearson, winner of the 2016 MG/YA scholarship:

“It felt brilliant to find my writing tribe at the conference. There were talks, workshops and critiques. There was a book launch. And fancy dress. But better than that, there were so many friendly faces. Everyone I spoke to was warm, kind and hugely passionate.

My personal highlight had to be David Almond, author of the aching Skellig and one of my top five Geordies, talking to us about the uncertain adventure of making books, in his words those ‘half-real, half imaginary’ things.

When you’re starting out, and your stories live only on your laptop, you can feel half-imaginary yourself. Being at the conference made me feel more real. I had fresh ideas for my work in progress, and concrete feedback on my most recent manuscript. I realised that yes, this is what I love doing, but like any job, there’s a lot of hard work involved. The brilliant thing is that we can all help each other. The encouragement I came away with is a gift that can only be paid forward. To anyone thinking of applying for the scholarship, I’d say, ‘Go for it!’ I’ll be cheering you on the loudest.”

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