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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individual Writers for Ethnic Children's Books

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On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #154356

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International writers and writer/illustrators for an unpublished manuscript that highlights an ethnic and cultural background traditionally under-represented in American children’s literature. Manuscripts may represent, but are not limited to, the following backgrounds: American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander.

Two writers or writer/illustrators will each receive:

- A paid trip to the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles (transportation, and hotel shared with other winner as appropriate)
- Tuition to the SCBWI Summer Conference (Excluding Portfolio Showcase. Intensives depending on availability)
- Manuscript Consultation at the Summer Conference
- A press release
- Publicity through SCBWI social media
- Manuscript included on our secure website for a selected list of publishing professionals to view
- Guidance available from SCBWI staff on professional career development during the winning year.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America. (Including but not limited to: American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander)

The manuscript must be an original work written in English for young readers and may not be under contract. The applicant must be over 18, be unpublished (self-published is not considered published for this award), and should not yet have representation.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications should be emailed to the contact.

In the body of the e-mail:
1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in less than 250 words.
2. Why the work will bring forward an underrepresented voice in less than 250 words.
3. A synopsis of your manuscript in less than 250 words.

Attached to the e-mail:
4. A PDF of the entire manuscript. If the manuscript is not complete, it is not eligible.

The winners will be announced January 25, 2017 and the award presented at the 2017 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles. The Winners will also be mentioned at the New York conference, February 10-12, 2017.

Contact Information:

Email applications to Voices@scbwi.org.

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