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2020-2021 San Diego SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Grants

Date(s) - 11/16/2020 - 01/31/2021
4:00 pm

San Diego SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Grants. Open to San Diego Chapter Members Only.

If you are a Equity & Inclusion Grant winner and have already registered for MayFest we will reimburse your registration fee. 

Entry deadline is January 21st between 7 and 9 p.m. See below for more information.

Grant applications are now available, click here



To encourage equity and inclusion in the children’s book market by supporting the careers of aspiring authors, illustrators, and translators who identify with a minority group or who write about and/or illustrate diverse characters that mirror our real world. The grants are limited to San Diego SCBWI members who are not traditionally published.



November 23: Grant Applications available on the San Diego SCBWI website, click here

January 21, 2021 Between 7 and 9 p.m. (Make note there are two different emails depending on the grant you are applying for)

FOR  Diverse World or Own Voices Grant Applications email only Page 1 as an attachment to Debra Schmidt at (Do not click on this email as it is not a link)

FOR the Emerging Artist Grant Application email only Page 1 as an attachment to Lisa Venditelli Karmel at (Do not click on this email as it is not a link)

January 28: Pages 2-5 Grant Application pages submitted.

January 21-28: Grants Applications sorted and emailed to  judges.

January 30-31: Judging

February 13: Winners announced at the SCBWI meeting


  1. January 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Email only Page 1 of the World Grant as an attachment to

  2. By January 24, you will receive an email with your Submission # and a link to your Google Drive, where you will upload pages 2-5.

  3. Insert your Submission Number on page 2-5. If you need more pages, place your Submission Number at the top of additional pages.

  4. Complete pages 2-5. (Do NOT Upload Page 1 or include your name on pages 2-4.) Save your document with the following – Name: Grant you are applying for with your number. Example: World Grant #14.

  5. By January 28 by midnight, upload the completed pages 2-5 to the Google Doc link you received via email.



Three winners will each receive:

– Tuition to the SCBWI San Diego MayFest 2021

(Note: San Diego SCBWI reserves the right to not award grants if there are few submissions. Additional prizes to be determined depending upon the number of entries.)



A special thank you to our judges!

Emerging Artist – Joy Chu and Salina Yoon

Equity and Inclusion World Grant – Meeg Pincus and Lori Mitchell

Own Voices Grant – Virginia Loh Hagan and Janice Yuwiler


 Joy Chu teaches children’s book illustration at UC San Diego Extension. A long-time industry professional, she was on staff at Knopf, Crowell/HarperCollins, Holt, and Harcourt, before working as a free-lance consultant. She has art directed and designed children’s books for over nineteen publishing houses —many of which are now imprints of the big five: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, and Macmillan. Her most recent projects include the newly-revised Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language, in its 4th printing, plus titles for Scholastic and Levine Querido.

 Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author, university faculty member, and former K-8 teacher. She’s currently the Director of the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) Center at San Diego State University. She’s the SCBWI-SD PAL Co-Coordinator and the Administrator/Chair of the California Reading Association’s EUREKA Nonfiction Children’s Books Awards. She has over 300 books out in the world. She especially likes to write about her Chinese-American heritage. After all, she was born on Flag Day in the Year of the Dragon. She’s also interested in writing fun facts about monsters, weird bodily noises, urban legends, hot dogs, and anything on the odd side.

 Lori Mitchell, an award-winning illustrator and children’s book author, has been a tireless promoter of art and literacy since her first book, “Different Just Like Me,” was published in 1999. “Different Just Like Me” tells the story of a little girl learning to appreciate the distinctive qualities of everyone around her. Based on her own daughter, who was diagnosed with vitiligo as an infant, the book garnered Lori numerous awards and national attention with an appearance on the Oprah show. Since then, through countless school visits, fairs, interviews, and video presentations, Lori has inspired children to value tolerance, embrace differences, and explore diversity. She has also been teaching art since 1997

 Meeg Pincus is the author of six published and forthcoming nonfiction picture books about “solutionaries” who help people, animals, and the planet—including the award-winning, starred-reviewed Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery and Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank’s Diary. She has also authored 19 leveled readers for educational publishers. Meeg is a long-time humane educator, nonfiction editor, and diverse books advocate—and the founder of the new curated website/blog, Diverse Kidlit Nonfiction (

 Salina Yoon is a Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator of a dozen picture books and early readers and nearly 200 innovative novelty books, with over 4.5 million books sold worldwide, including Kiki and Jax, the life-changing magic of friendship, a picture book she co-authored and illustrated with international tidying superstar and bestselling author, Marie Kondo. Other awards include the Award for Excellence in a Picture Book for FOUND, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award for PENGUIN AND PINECONE, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for DUCK DUCK PORCUPINE, and many more. You can read more about Salina and her books at:

 Janice Yuwiler joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in 2000 and now serves as Regional Advisor Emertius and PAL co-Coordinator for the San Diego Chapter of SCBWI. Janice truly loves taking the latest in medical and scientific research and putting it into the hands of young readers, and that’s reflected in many of her published books, including: Great Medical Discoveries: Insulin, and Family Violence both with Lucent Press; and Diabetes and What is Self-Injury Disorder with Reference Point Press. Her work has also appeared in Highlights for Children and Spider magazines, and she’s taught writing for children for the University of San Diego’s Extension program.


  • The manuscript/art must be an original work 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.
  • Only one submission is allowed per person. If you are an author/illustrator, please choose one category to enter.


Own Voices Grant:

  • Any writer who is LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and/or religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.


  • The applicant themselves must identify in one of the above categories. Being married to, a parent, or a sibling of someone identifying as such, or being someone who has grown up with people who identify as such, will not qualify an otherwise ineligible applicant.



Equity and Inclusion World Grant:


  • Any writer whose manuscript features characters who mirror the diversity found in our world.


Emerging Artist:


Any artist who is LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and/or religious minorities or who is illustrating characters who mirror the diversity found in our world.