SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

San Diego Chapter Diversity Grants

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/12/2019 - 03/14/2020
12:00 am


San Diego SCBWI Diversity Grants

Goal: To encourage diversity in the children’s book market by supporting the careers of aspiring authors and illustrators who identify with a minority group or who write or illustrate diverse characters that mirror our real world.

Timeline:
Nov. 12, 2019-Jan.11, 2020 Grant Applications Open

Jan. 11, 2020 Deadline for All Grant Submissions
● Turn in at the SCBWI Meeting
● Received in the SCBWI mailbox – SCBWI-San Diego, P.O. Box 799, Spring Valley, CA 91976

Grant Judges:

 Joy Chu teaches classes on children’s book illustration and portfolio development at UCSD Extension. A long-time veteran of the book publishing industry, she currently serves on the Board of Advisors for UCSD Extension’s Children’s Book Writing & Illustration Certificate Programs, and on the Advisory Committee of the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books.

 Edith Hope Fine has hundreds of credits in magazines and newspapers, and 19 published books, including six picture books—three with Lee & Low, known for its cultural diversity). She chairs the chapter’s PAL (Published and Listed) group and leads our zany songs at meetings, because we all need music and laughter in our lives.

 Lori Mitchell wrote and illustrated the award-winning book Different Just Like Me. She has been doing school visits about diversity and acceptance ever since it came out 20 years ago. The book was also seen on Oprah and has been translated into Chinese.

Meeg Pincus is the author of 14 nonfiction picture books, including MIEP AND THE MOST FAMOUS DIARY (about the woman who rescued Anne Frank’s diary), and co-founder of two promo groups highlighting diverse nonfiction picture books, #19PBbios and #20truePBs. Being from a diverse family and a former university cultural studies instructor, she’s a longtime advocate for amplifying marginalized stories and voices.

 Mara Price is a Latina freelance children’s author and illustrator based in San Diego. Her stories and illustrations have been published by Iguana Magazine, Arte Público Press, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.

 

March 14, 2020 Winners announced at the SCBWI meeting

Award:
Three winners will each receive:
– Tuition to the SCBWI San Diego MayFest 2020
– A Manuscript or portfolio Consultation at the SCBWI San Diego MayFest 2020
(Note: San Diego SCBWI reserves the right to not award grants if there are few submissions. Winners are responsible for any food, transportation, and lodging expenses.)

Eligibility:
● YOU MUST BE an SCBWI MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING TO APPLY FOR ANY OF THESE GRANTS.
● Must reside in San Diego SCBWI region.
● 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 categories listed. 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.  To download and print the application click here. Be sure to read the guidelines below.

 

Diverse World Grant:

● Any writer whose manuscript features characters who mirror the diversity found in our world. To download and print the application click here. Be sure to read the guidelines below.

 

Emerging Artist Grant:

● 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. To download and print the application click here. Be sure to read the guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:

Own Voices and Diverse World Grant Submission Guidelines (Emerging Artist Grant Submission Guidelines are Below)
1. Complete the Own Voices or Diverse World Grant Application.
2. Create a word document with the following:
● Write 250 words explaining how receiving the grant will support your writing and/or illustrating career.
● Write 250 words describing how your manuscript supports diversity in children’s books.
● Paste the first 500 words (maximum 500 words regardless of manuscript type) from your manuscript into a word document.
Please follow these directions or your submission will be disqualified:
● Follow standard formatting: 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font size 12, number pages, and double space.
● Type the title and genre at the top of each Word document page, but do not include your name on any of the Word document pages. To prevent any judging bias, judges will not see the applicants’ names.
3. Print three copies of the Word document. If the document is more than one page, staple each copy together so that you have three separate copies.
4. Paperclip the copies to your Grant Application. Links to download and print the applications are above.
5. Bring the completed Application to the Jan. 11, 2020 Chapter meeting from 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: University of California San Diego Extension – University City Center, 6256 Greenwich Dr, Rooms 116, San Diego, CA 92122
or
Mail the completed Application to:
SCBWI-San Diego
P.O. Box 799
Spring Valley, CA 91976
(Application must be received by January 11, 2019

Emerging Artist Grant Submission Guidelines

1. Complete the Emerging Voices Diversity Grant Application.
2. Create a word document with the following:
● Write 250 words explaining how receiving the grant will support your writing and/or illustrating career.
● Write 250 words describing how your portfolio supports diversity in children’s books.
3. Paste three illustrations directly into your word document. These can be three images from a picture book dummy or three portfolio pieces.
Please follow these directions or your submission will be disqualified:
● Follow standard formatting: 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font size 12, number pages, and double space.
● Type the portfolio title and genre at the top of each Word document page, but do not include your name on any of the Word document pages. To prevent any judging bias, judges will not see the applicants’ names.
4. Paperclip the copies to your Grant Application. Link to download and print the applications are above.
5. Bring the completed Application to the January 11, 2020 Chapter meeting from 1:30-2:00 p.m. Location: University of California San Diego Extension – University City Center, 6256 Greenwich Dr, Rooms 116, San Diego, CA 92122
or
Mail the completed Application to:
SCBWI-San Diego
P.O. Box 799
Spring Valley, CA 91976
(Application must be received by January 11, 2019