SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Diversity Awards

 

 

SCBWI SF North & East Bay Diversity Awards

2019

 Creator of Diverse Work Scholarships

&

Diverse New Member Scholarships

 

Entry for both scholarships are from April 1st to April 30th. Winners to be announced May 15th. A writer and an illustrator will be selected for each scholarship.

Judging will be by the Diversity Scholarships Panel made up of at least five members and industry leaders.

All categories of children’s literature are included: picture books, board books, beginning readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels and non-fiction in all categories.

All submissions are anonymously judged. SCBWI North-East Bay Region reserves the right not to choose a winner in the event that above criteria is not successfully met.

 

2019 CREATOR OF DIVERSE WORK SCHOLARSHIP 

Two recipients will be chosen for this scholarship: A writer and an illustrator. Only one entry per entrant. Open for entries: April 1, 2019. Closing deadline: April 30, 2019. 

Eligibility

● Any current member of the SCBWI SF North & East Bay region who has an unpublished, completed work (illustrations or writing) highlighting diverse characters. Any and all creators, including underrepresented and dominant identities, encouraged to apply.

● The specific environment of the character must be defined through well-researched, effective, and authentic world-building.

● Work must show strong skill in craft.

Scholarship Prize

● Tuition at 50% off SCBWI Oktoberfest conference held on October 19, 2019.

● If Oktoberfest is not an option, one free intensive workshop to be used by December 31, 2020.

● One year’s free SCBWI membership to be submitted by December 31, 2020.

● One year’s free entry to all SCBWI SF North & East Bay county workshops.

 

Application Guidelines for BOTH Illustrators and Writers

On all submission material, include a title, the category, and the name of the scholarship using this special format: MiceandBeansIllustratorCreatorDiverseWork OR MiceandBeansWriterCreatorDiverseWork. Use this same format to both save your files AND to include within the subject line of the submission email. 

Please include your name in the body of the email but NOT in any attached documents to assure anonymity.

Send submissions to the Diversity Director, Paolo Bicchieri at scbwinorcaldiversitydirector@gmail.com by 11:59 pm April 30, 2019.

WRITERS

● Submit a paragraph in Word (no more than two paragraphs) about your use of underrepresented characters and how the world in which they live reflects that character’s authentic cultural environment.

● Submit your story, no more than 1,000 words, using standard formatting rules. Submission may be from the beginning of the work or other representative pages within the manuscript.

● Tell us, in under 250 words, Why do readers need this story?

ILLUSTRATORS

● Three illustration samples from the work in progress, either a portfolio piece or illustrations from a picture book dummy (not the full dummy), no more than 5MB in size.

● One Word document with a paragraph (less than eight sentences) about your use of non-dominant characters in a world that reflects that character’s authentic cultural environment.

 

DIVERSE NEW MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP

Two recipients will be chosen for this scholarship: A new diverse writer and a new diverse illustrator. Only one entry per entrant. Open for entries: April 1, 2019. Closing deadline: April 30, 2019. 

For this scholarship, submissions may incorporate any subject matter and does not need to necessarily include diversity. 

Eligibility

Any children’s writer/illustrator, over 18, in the SCBWI SF North & East Bay region, (https://sfnortheastbay.scbwi.org/) with a diverse background, who has not been an SCBWI member in the past two years and is unagented. Please see ‘We Need Diverse Books’ definition of “diversity.” 

Scholarship Prize

● Tuition at 50% off SCBWI Oktoberfest conference held on October 19, 2019.

● If Oktoberfest is not an option, one free intensive workshop to be used by December 31, 2020.

● One year’s free SCBWI membership to be submitted by December 31, 2020.

● One year’s free entry to all SCBWI SF North & East Bay county workshops.

● An SCBWI-SF North & East Bay guide for a six-month period, who will meet with the winner (or Skype if distance is an issue) to give an introduction to SCBWI – be available to answer questions about SCBWI events and opportunities such as grants/prizes, SCBWI resources, etc. and help the winner connect with his/her nearest SCBWI county network.

Application Guidelines for BOTH Illustrators and Writers

On all submission material, include a title, the category, and the name of the scholarship using this special format: MiceandBeansIllustratorDiverseNewMember OR MiceandBeansWriterDiverseNewMember. Use this same format to both save your files AND include within the subject line of the submission email. 

Please include your name in the body of the email but NOT in any attached documents to assure anonymity.

Send submissions to the Diversity Director, Paolo Bicchieri at scbwinorcaldiversitydirector@gmail.com by 11:59 pm April 30, 2019.

WRITERS

● In three or less sentences, highlight your underrepresented background and how it applies to this scholarship.

● Optional: You have up to eight sentences to tell us anything extra you feel we need to know.

● No more than 1,000 words using standard formatting rules. Submission may be from the beginning of the work or other representative pages within the manuscript.

ILLUSTRATORS

● In three or less sentences, highlight your underrepresented background and how it applies to this scholarship.

● Optional: You have up to eight sentences to tell us anything extra you feel we need to know.

● Three illustration samples from the work in progress–either a portfolio piece or illustrations from a picture book dummy (not the full dummy), no more than 5MB in size.

Questions? Email: Paolo Bicchieri at scbwinorcaldiversitydirector@gmail.com

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Please, be aware that SCBWI has updated its Anti-Harassment policy.
By registering for this event, you agree to abide by this policy. Program subject to change without notice.

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