Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

San Diego Chapter Equity and Inclusion Grants

Date(s) - 11/16/2020 - 01/31/2021
12:00 am

2020/2021 San Diego SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Grants – Open to San Diego Chapter  Members Only


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, click here

January 21, 2021: Grant Applications submitted by email between 7 and 9 p.m.

January 21-27: 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 2-4. 

  3. Insert your Submission Number on page 2-4. If you need more pages, place your Submission Number at the top of additional pages.

  4. Complete pages 2-4. (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 2-4 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!

Joy Chu, Virginia Loh-Hagan, Lori Mitchell, Meeg Pincus, Salina Yoon, & Janice Yuwiler



  • 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 The applicant must be over 18, be unpublished (self-published is not considered published for this award), and should not yet have representation.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 equity and inclusion 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.


GRANT WINNERS FOR 2019/2020 (1st Place Winners are requested to not apply for the 2020/2021 Grant)

Diverse World – 1st Place – Gigi Orlowski, 2nd Place – Cindy Schuricht and 3rd Place – Alicia Lopez

Own Voices – 1st Place – Liliana Sampica, 2nd Place – Helen Wu and 3rd Place – Jarrett Jackson

Emerging Artist – Winner is Nancy Lee