SCBWI Announces New Latinx Writer Grant and BIPOC Illustrator Prize

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has partnered with author Meg Medina to provide a grant for Latinx writers and teamed up with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for a new prize for BIPOC illustrators.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced a new Latinx writers grant, funded by Newbery winner Meg Medina, and a BIPOC Illustrators Prize.

Volemos: The Meg Medina Grant will be awarded to the writer of one manuscript written in Spanish or English. The grant is open to authors of Hispanic, Latinx, or Ibero American heritage who are SCBWI members and early in their careers with one to three traditionally published books. The winner will receive $500 and a one-year SCBWI membership, a coaching session, and registration to the Summer Spectacular conference.

“Stories can, indeed, help people’s spirits soar,” Medina said in a statement. “It is my greatest hope that working together, SCBWI and I can help winners of this new award take flight in their lives as authors.”

Submissions are being accepted April 1–30.

In addition to the new Medina grant, SCBWI announced a new award for illustrators of color. In partnership with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation,  the SCBWI/Ezra Jack Keats BIPOC Showcase Prize for Illustration has been established.

The prize will be awarded annually to one self-identified BIPOC illustrator who has not illustrated more than four published books and participates in the SCBWI Summer Conference Portfolio Showcase. The winner receives $2,500 courtesy of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. SCBWI will provide 10 scholarships for the Portfolio Showcase to illustrators who meet the prize’s criteria and attends the Summer Conference from July 31 to August 2.

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