Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has grant categories for different types of grantseekers: published authors and illustrators, writers, illustrators, community grants, diversity grants, and grants for students.

IP TAKE: This is an approachable creative writing funder. However, only members of the society are eligible to apply for a grant.

PROFILE: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) was established in 1971 by a group of children’s writers based in Los Angeles, California. The nonprofit serves as a network between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers and those involved with children’s literature, while also awarding modest-sized grants to authors and illustrators of children’s books.

SCBWI has different categories for its awards and grants, including those for published authors and illustrators, writers, illustrators, community grants, diversity grants, and grants for students.

In the published authors and illustrators category, SCBWI offers a Martha Weston grant and a Work-in-Progress grant. The Martha Weston grant awards $1,500 to pay for the costs of SCBWI's Summer Conference in Los Angeles. Work-in-Progress grants are offered in a handful of categories including young adult fiction, nonfiction, and picture book text, to name just a few. Submissions are accepted from March 1 to March 31. The society also offers a number of awards for published authors and illustrators.

In the grants for writers category, SCBWI offers a Work-in-Progress grant to showcase manuscripts to SCBWI members and help children’s book writers and illustrators with the publication process. Submissions are accepted from March 1 to March 31 each year.

The society offers illustrators a Work-in-Progress grant of $1,000. Grants are offered to published authors to help them complete their projects. Submissions are accepted from March 1 to March 31 each year.

Community Grants are offered to schools. The winners received an all-expense-paid visit from a children’s author or illustrator, a $250 stipend and $250 worth of books by the visiting author or illustrator. Applications for this award are accepted from November 1 to April 15.

Diversity grants are offered to writers and illustrators whose work demonstrates diversity in children’s books. Submissions for this grant are accepted from March 1 to March 31.

Finally, SCBWI offers a scholarship for students to attend the summer and winter conferences in Los Angeles. Students must be at least 18 and be attending an accredited academic institution to be eligible for this scholarship.

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