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2022 SCBWI Ohio North Conference: Underrepresented Diverse Voices Scholarship

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2022 SCBWI Ohio North Conference

Underrepresented Diverse Voices Scholarship


SCBWI Ohio North is pleased to offer two scholarships to lift and amplify underrepresented diverse voices as they pursue their writing and illustrating goals for young readers. 


Two underrepresented diverse voices scholarships will be given: one to a non-member and one to a current member. 


  • The member scholarship includes conference fee, one faculty critique (written or in-person), and Friday intensive. 


  • The non-member scholarship includes conference fee, one faculty critique (written or in-person), and one year membership to SCBWI. 


Scholarship Evaluation Criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for children’s literature
  • Vision for how attending the conference will help to reach writing/illustrating goals
  • Vision for how an individual’s writing/illustrating will bring underrepresented diverse stories and experiences to readers
  • Demonstrated progress in writing and/or illustrating for kids through a current project 



We want to contribute to the goals of celebrating and expanding the universe of diverse books in children’s literature. For purposes of these conference scholarships, we are using the We Need Diverse Books definition of diversity to guide eligibility:


“We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and 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.”


A. Must be an individual who identifies with one or more aspects of the We Need Diverse Books definition of diversity (see above)

B. Must be 18 years or older

C. Must be an Ohio resident or Ohio student

D. Must submit application information by deadline (see below)

E. Must be a current member of SCBWI to apply for member scholarship

F. Must not be a current member of SCBWI to apply for non-member scholarship 


Application Process:

The goal of the scholarship is to lift and amplify underrepresented voices in children’s literature for writers and illustrators in Ohio and improve inclusivity and representation at the 2022 SCBWI Ohio North conference. There are four questions as part of the application process, as well as a request for a brief sample of your work. Your answers to each question can be as long or as short as you’d like, but we ask that all of your answers to questions 1-3 do not exceed 3 pages. 

The application does not have to disclose any aspect of your underrepresented diverse identity and work submitted does not need to reflect an underrepresented diverse identity or experience, although this is welcomed if you are comfortable sharing. The SCBWI Ohio North Regional Team trusts that if you are applying for this scholarship, you will communicate what is necessary to evaluate your application with the criteria above in mind. If you have any concerns about any of the application questions, you can reach out to the SCBWI Ohio North Regional Advisor, Kellie DuBay Gillis, at


Please answer the following questions:

#1. What type(s) of kidlit are you working on (e.g., picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, etc.)? 

#2. What do you hope to learn through the conference?

#3. What types of stories do you hope to share with readers through your work?

In addition to questions 1-3, please share up to three pages from a work-in-progress that you would want to improve through what you learn at the conference. 


Please email your answers and the sample of your work-in-progress to with the word “Scholarship” somewhere in the subject line. 

Please indicate in your email if you are applying for the member or non-member scholarship.

Please be sure to include in your email your first and last name, your city or college name with zip code, your email address, and a phone number; this information will be removed when your application is evaluated. 


Important Dates:

  • Application period starts Wednesday, June 1. 
  • Application period ends Friday, July 1 at 11:00 pm eastern. 
  • Award notices will be made on Friday, July 8.