Eligible applicants should be age 18 or older, write or illustrate for children, meet one of the criteria for diversity defined by We Need Diverse Books, and have financial need such that attending this conference would not otherwise be possible. Applicants do not need to be current members of SCBWI, nor do they need to live in the Western Washington region, although travel and accommodations will not be included in the award.
What is meant by “diverse”?
Writers and illustrators must identify as one or more of the following. The main character of the story must also identify as one or more of the following:
• Person of color
• Native American
• Person with a disability
• Marginalized religious or cultural minority in the United States.
• If the work does not include a main character, the subject matter must pertain substantially to diverse experiences and content.
• Socio-economic status and class do not qualify as diverse for the purposes of this award.
Any submission received that does not meet these requirements will not be read.
To apply send a one-page artist’s statement (as a Word doc or PDF) describing your work and what attending the conference would mean to you to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30. Be sure to include the following information:
o Full name
o E-mail address
o Phone number
o Diversity with which the applicant identifies
o Whether the applicant is an author or illustrator
Applicants will be chosen based on how well their work promotes and contributes to diversity in children’s literature.