SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity Initiatives

 

SCBWI SF North & East Bay Diversity Awards

 Diverse Creator Scholarship

&

Diverse New Member Scholarship

We aim…

  • To encourage people to write/illustrate more diverse characters in children’s books, so that child can experience a world of diverse characters.
  • To see a mirror of themselves, and/or a reflection of the diverse community around the world.
  • To encourage a wider entry of diverse writers and illustrators into the publishing industry.
  • Because diversity speaks from many voices… and we need diverse books! http://weneeddiversebooks.org

 

The Winners

Two winners will be chosen for each scholarship – one writer, and one illustrator or illustrator/writer– making a total of four winners.

The judging will be by the Diversity Scholarships Panel (the SCBWI Regional Team, members of our region’s diversity board and industry professionals).

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

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

DIVERSE CREATOR SCHOLARSHIP

 Open for entries: Jan 1, 2019. Closing deadline: March 1, 2019.

 Scholarships Include

  • One free local conference or intensive workshop.
  • One year’s free SCBWI membership.
  • One year’s free entry to all SCBWI SF North & East Bay county workshops.

Eligibility

  • Any current member of the SCBWI SF North & East Bay region whose unpublished, completed work (illustrations or writing) contains diverse characters, or is written by a diverse author. (Please see We Need Diverse Books’ definition of “diversity.”)
  • All submissions are anonymous to the judges, and considered on their use of diverse characters as well as the creator’s skill with his or her craft.

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Writers prepare one (1) Word document that includes the following:

  • Brief 3-4 sentence paragraph about your use of diverse characters in this completed work.
  • One (1) page writing sample (500 words) from your manuscript formatted with standard formatting rules. This page can be the first page or a representative page from elsewhere in the manuscript.
  • Name the file with a keyword(s) from the title of your work and your category, e.g.: TheHateUGive-Novel

Illustrators prepare the following

  • 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 (1) Word document with a brief 3-4 sentence paragraph about your use of diverse characters in these pieces or dummy.
  • Name your image(s) and Word document with a keyword(s) from the title of your work and your category, e.g.: MiceandBeansIllustration

Please make sure the title and category are included on the first page of the document but NOT your name.

Email submissions to: sfnortheastbay-ra@scbwi.org

Subject line: SCBWI Diverse Creator

Body of email: Include your name, contact details, the title and category.

Attach: word documents/illustrations/dummy

 

DIVERSE NEW MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP

 

Open for entries: Jan 1st, 2019. Closing deadline: March 1, 2019.

Scholarship Includes

  • One year’s free SCBWI membership.
  • One free entry to a SCBWI SF North & East Bay conference or intensive.
  • Free entry for one year to regional county meetings.
  • A 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.*
  • If desired, the guide will also be available to attend a mutually convenient SCBWI-SF North & East Bay, event with the winner.

*This opportunity is not a mentorship. The Guide will not provide feedback on manuscripts or artwork.

Eligibility

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Include in the body of the e-mail

Writers

  • No more than five pages, double-spaced, Times or Times Roman 12-point font (for a novel, an additional, one-page synopsis (250 words or less) may follow your five pages); your name should not appear on any of these pages — no headers, please and one inch margins.
  • Manuscript must be written by a diverse author.
  • On a separate page, before your manuscript/synopsis (NOT as a separate document), please include the following information: 1. your name, 2. your phone number, 3. the title of your manuscript.

Illustrators or writer/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 (1) Word document with a brief 3-4 sentence paragraph about your use of diverse characters in this piece or dummy.
  • Name your image(s) and Word document with a keyword(s) from the title of your work and your category, e.g.: MiceandBeans Illustration
  • Manuscript must be illustrated by a diverse illustrator.
  • On a separate page, before your illustrations, or for writer/illustrators, your manuscript/synopsis, (NOT as a separate document), please include this information: 1. your name, 2. your phone number, 3. the title of your manuscript.

Email submissions to: sfnortheastbay-ra@scbwi.org

Subject line: SCBWI Diverse New Member Scholarship

Body of email: Include your name, contact details, the title and category.

Only one manuscript per person, per year may enter.

The winners will be announced on May 1, 2019.

Questions? Email: Keely Parrack –  sfnortheastbay-ra@scbwi.org

Huge thanks to our Diversity Advisory Team; Naheed Hasnat, Arree Chung, and Nikki Shannon Smith. To Ellen Oh, from #WeNeedDiverseBooks, for her help and support and to Ana Aranda for designing the fabulous diversity masthead!