SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grants

SCBWI-Wisconsin’s Diversity Committee is offering up to 11 grants in two categories to attend upcoming SCBWI events. Applications are due by Friday, July 10th, 2020.

 

New Member Equity and Inclusion Grant
This grant is for a Wisconsin resident who is not yet a member of SCBWI who wants to illustrate or write children’s books. More details below.

 

Current Member Equity and Inclusion Grant
This grant is for an SCBWI member who is also a resident of Wisconsin and identifies as being part of an underrepresented community in the publishing world. Applicants should not have won such an award/grant from this organization in this past. More details below.

 

If you’d like to contribute to the SCBWI-WI Diversity Committee scholarship fund, please contact Charlene Avery at caverybooks@gmail.com. Also please contact Charlene if you’d like your organization or group to be added to our contact list.

 

Thank you, and good luck!

 

2020 SCBWI-Wisconsin

New Member Equity and Inclusion Grant

The mission of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators of Wisconsin (SCBWI-WI) Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee is to welcome, celebrate, and support Wisconsin illustrators and writers from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry. In line with this goal, we’re excited to offer at least one (1) grant for an annual membership to SCBWI. Please check out https://www.scbwi.org/membership-benefits-new/ for more details.

One to six people may be selected to have their Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators membership fee paid for one year (value of one membership $95, non-refundable). We reserve the right to not award any grant if the entries are deemed insufficient or not qualifying.

Applications must be received by 11:59PM Central Time on Friday, July 10th, 2020.

You are eligible if:

─ You are a Wisconsin children’s writer and/or illustrator who has never been an SCBWI member, who lives in Wisconsin or its Native Nations tribal lands and are at least 18 years in age.

─ 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, immigrants, persons with disabilities, Native/First Nations. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, feel free to contact Wisconsin SCBWI Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee at  wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

─ There is no application fee. If you would like to contribute to future prizes, please email the SCBWI-Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

Please write the following information in the body of an email:
─ Full name

─ Mailing Address

─ E-mail address

─ Website address if you have one for your creative work

─ Phone number

─ Underrepresented community with which the applicant identifies.

A) All applicants will create the following, which can be in the body of the email or attached as a Microsoft Word document.

An essay, song, or poetry created by you, 250-500 words, describing the following:

    ─ How your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice or viewpoint.

    ─ A brief history of how you have been working on your craft.

    ─ How a membership in SCBWI will move your career forward.

    ─ How you would like to be involved as a member of SCBWI.

B) Your name should not appear on any pages of your sample work.

For writers: Up to 500 words of a children’s literature creative writing sample or up to 500 words description of the children’s literature project you want to work on.

Poetry and Song submissions includes rhyming picture books, picture books in verse, and stand-alone collections. English translations of songs or poetry do not count toward word/page counts if original language samples are included. Please tell us what the original language is, thank you.

For illustrators: two-six images suitable for children’s book illustration, under 900 pixels each, included as PDF preferred, .jpg or .png attachments accepted too. More illustrations are not necessarily better, each should be your best work.

For writer-illustrators:  May include up to 500 words following previously stated guidelines for writers. PLUS 1-2 finished illustrations from your manuscript. Images suitable for children’s book illustration, under 900 pixels each, included as PDF preferred, .jpg or .png attachments accepted too.

Applications are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Friday, July 10th, 2020. Please send your application, and any questions you have, to wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

Announcement of Winner(s)

The winner(s) selected by the SCBWI-Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee Members will be notified and announced by Monday, July 20th, 2020.

 If you are already a SCBWI-Wisconsin member who is underrepresented in children’s publishing, please consider applying for the 2020 SCBWI-Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Current Member Grant. 

We reserve the right to not award any grant if the entries are deemed insufficient or not qualifying.

 

2020 SCBWI-WI Equity and Inclusion Grant

for Current Members of SCBWI-Wisconsin

The mission of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators-Wisconsin (SCBWI-WI) Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee is to welcome, celebrate, and support Wisconsin illustrators and writers from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the children’s publishing industry. In line with this goal, we’re excited to offer up to six (6) grants for membership renewal and learning opportunities. Please check out https://www.scbwi.org/events or webinars for more details.

There is no application fee. If you would like to contribute to future prizes, please email the SCBWI-WI Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

* 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 learning sessions without this opportunity. Thank you.

What the full grant includes (non-refundable):

– Your SCBWI event or webinars registration fee/s up to $100 value for members. If you win and you’ve already paid for the Summer Spectacular conference, please share that receipt & we will reimburse you if you choose to spend your grant for that event.

– A one year SCBWI membership renewal $80 value. This can be easily added onto your current membership so you keep the same expiration date.

You are eligible if:

– You live in Wisconsin or its Native Nations tribal lands and are at least 18 years in age.

– You are a current member of SCBWI-Wisconsin AND haven’t won an SCBWI-WI conference or workshop, etc. grant or scholarship in the past, such as a grant to the SCBWI-WI Fall Conference or Marvelous Midwest 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, immigrants, persons with disabilities, Native/First Nations. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, feel free to contact us at Wisconsin SCBWi Diversity Committee  wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com.

Guidelines:

Please write the following in the body of an email:

Name:

Address:

Phone:

Website address if you have one for your creative work.

A) An essay, song or poetry created by you, 250 words, maximum, about how you personally identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in children’s literature. English translations of songs or poetry do not count toward word count if original language samples are included. Please tell us what the original language is, thank you.

B) A statement, 250 words maximum, about how this conference could benefit you as a writer or illustrator.

Please attach the following to the email:

C) Up to 5 pages of a children’s literature written project created by you (double spaced, 1-inch margins all around, in a Microsoft Word document format). OR up to 5 pages of illustrations. Images suitable for children’s book illustration, under 900 pixels each, included as PDF preferred, .jpg or .png attachments accepted too.

Please make sure your name doesn’t appear anywhere on these pages. Please let us know if they are works in progress, ready for submission, etc.

 Applications are due by 11:59 PM Central Time on Friday, July 10th, 2020. Please send your application and any questions you have to wiscbwidiversitycommittee@gmail.com  Wisconsin SCBWI Equity and Inclusion/Diversity Committee.

We’ll notify and announce winner(s) by July 20th, 2020. We reserve the right to not award any grant if the entries are deemed insufficient or not qualifying.