SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Marvelous Midwest Scholarships

 

Illinois
The 2019 Marvelous Midwest Illinois Regional Scholarship provides an opportunity for an SCBWI-IL member who would like to attend 2019 Marvelous  Midwest but has never attended a Marvelous Midwest conference due to economic concerns. This scholarship offers free attendance (Early-bird Member $295)

— Applicant is a current SCBWI member residing in Illinois.

— To allow others an opportunity, do not apply if you have received free attendance or a scholarship from SCBWI or its Regions to any SCBWI events in 2017-2018.

— On the online application form, you will be asked to provide contact information and an explanation of 100 words, detailing how this year’s Marvelous Midwest Conference will impact your writing/illustrating career.

— Of those who apply, one name will be drawn at random.  Your 100 words will qualify you for this drawing and demonstrates that you have examined the details of this specific conference and are invested in attending.

Application is now OPEN.  If you are eligible, please log in and apply by Sunday, January 27.  The winner will be notified on Monday, January 28: here

Questions? Email Deborah Topolski

 

KidLit Nation
KidLit Nation is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting authors and illustrators of color with professional development. In keeping with our mission,
KidLit Nation will sponsor a scholarship for conference tuition for an author or illustrator of color to attend The Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) Marvelous Midwest Conference May 3-5. Details for this scholarship can be found at: http://kidlitnation.com/home/own-your-voice/scholarships/

 

Indiana

Will award a scholarship to one Indiana SCBWI member to cover the cost of one early bird registration for the 2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois, May 3-5.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Applicant must be a current SCBWI member and live in Indiana
  • Applicant must submit a 100-word maximum essay answering the following question: “What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career?”

Although scholarships are not completely based on financial need, we kindly ask applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity.  Winners of scholarships will not be announced publicly. Send essay and contact information to Shannon Anderson: indiana-ra@scbwi.org by January 30th.

Iowa

We will be awarding a scholarship to one Iowa SCBWI member to cover the cost of the early bird registration for the 2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois, May 3-5.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Applicant must be an SCBWI member (membership must be current) and currently live in Iowa
  • Applicant must be unpublished in children’s literature
  • Applicant must submit an essay answering the following question: “What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career?”(500 words or less)

Although scholarships are not based on financial need, we kindly ask applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity.  Winners of scholarships will not be announced publicly.

Send essay and contact information to Eileen Boggess, iowa-ra@scbwi.org by 5:00 PM, January 20.

 

Michigan
SCBWI Michigan will award one scholarship to a Michigan member attending the Marvelous Midwest Conference May 3-5, 2019 in Naperville, Illinois (suburb of Chicago). The scholarship will cover the cost of one early bird registration ($295).

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a current SCBWI Michigan member
  • Applicant must submit an essay answering the following question: What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career? (500 words or less.)

Although scholarships are not based on financial need, SCBWI-MI asks applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity. Thank you.

The winner will not be announced publicly.

Send essay, contact information including email address, and membership expiration date to Michigan-ra@scbwi.org and include “Marvelous Midwest” in the subject line.

Applications are due January 25, 2019. No exceptions, please.

Questions? email Michigan-ra@scbwi.org

Ohio

We will be awarding a scholarship to one Ohio North SCBWI member to cover the cost of the early bird registration for the 2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois, May 3-5.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Applicant must be an SCBWI member in the Ohio North region (membership must be current)
  • Applicant must be unpublished in children’s literature
  • Applicant must submit an essay answering the following question: “What would attending the conference do for your writing or illustrating career?”(500 words or less)

Although scholarships are not based on financial need, we kindly ask applicants to keep in mind those members who could not otherwise attend without this opportunity.  Winners of scholarships will not be announced publicly. Please submit the essay to ohionorth@scbwi.org no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, March 1.

 

Wisconsin
The SCBWI-WI Diversity Committee Grant for the Marvelous Midwest Conference

The mission of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators-Wisconsin (SCBWI-WI) Diversity Committee is to welcome, celebrate, and support Wisconsin writers and illustrators from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry. In line with this goal, we’re excited to offer at least one grant to attend the SCBWI Marvelous Midwest Conference in Naperville, Illinois on May 3-5, 2019. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet agents and editors, meet other writers and illustrators, connect with a critique group, and more!

What the full grant includes:

  • Your registration fee ($295 value for members, $315 value for non-members)
  • A critique or portfolio review with an author/illustrator, agent, or editor ($45 value)
  • A year-long SCBWI membership (if the winner is not already a member)
  • Partial lodging (all together, this grant can provide $500. Whatever money doesn’t go toward registration, a critique/portfolio review, or an SCBWI membership can go toward lodging.)

Although we don’t choose recipients based on financial need, we ask applicants to keep in mind those writers and illustrators who could not otherwise attend the conference without this opportunity. Thanks!

You are eligible if:

  • You live in Wisconsin.
  • You haven’t won an SCBWI-WI full conference grant in the past, such as a grant to the SCBWI-WI Fall Conference.
  • You identify as a person belonging to a community that is underrepresented in children’s literature. These communities include but are not limited to, people of color, LGBTQIA+, religious and cultural minorities, persons with disabilities, Native/First Nations, immigrants. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, feel free to ask us at wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.
  • You have not yet published a book for children or teens through a PAL-level publisher. You can find more details about what that term means on our PAL Guidelines page.

Ready to apply? Here’s what we need from you:

Please write the following in the body of an email:

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • A statement (about 250 words, max) about how you personally identify with a community that is underrepresented in children’s literature.
  • A statement (also about 250 words) about how this conference could benefit you as a writer or illustrator.

Please attach the following to the email:

  • Up to 5 pages of a single written project (double spaced, 1-inch margins all around, in a word document format), or up to 5 pages of illustrations. Please make sure your name doesn’t appear anywhere on these pages.

Send your application our way!

Applications are due on 11:59 PM on Friday, March 1. Please send your application, and any questions you have, to wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

We’ll let you know by March 11th whether or not we’re able to offer you the grant. If you don’t receive a grant this year, we still encourage you to attend the conference. Sign up by March 26th for early bird pricing!