Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Clare Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship

Date(s) - 06/01/2019 - 06/30/2019
12:00 am - 11:30 pm


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Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship
SCBWI Kansas/Missouri offers a scholarship to our fall conference each year in honor of the 2011 Newbery winner and SCBWI Kansas member, Clare Vanderpool.  The scholarship includes conference registration, lunch, and a one-on-one consultation with the faculty editor or agent of the recipient’s choice. This scholarship DOES NOT include an intensive session. However, the winner will have early access to register for an intensive (at their expense) if they so decide.
The scholarship is available to SCBWI members (published or pre-published) who live in Kansas or Missouri. The 2019 scholarship is open to writers of novels ONLY.  Graphic novels and chapter books are considered (text only) as long as you, the writer, identify the content as for an audience older than picture-book age. The deadline for applications is Sunday, June 30, 2019.
A committee of authors will select the winner.  SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the 2019 winner in August before registration opens for the conference. Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships. Further, while authors may apply for all scholarship and mentorship opportunities, if the same person wins more than one contest, the winner will be asked to select their top choice ONLY.
This year’s conference will be Nov. 1-3 in Overland Park.
Applications must be submitted via email.
1.  Fill out the application form and “save as” using your first and last name and the word Scholarship (i.e. Jane Doe Scholarship).  It’s fine if your information makes the form flow to a second page.
2.  Follow the instructions below on Submitting Sample Work to attach your manuscript or illustrations.   Do NOT put your name on your submission pages.  If you do, you’ll be disqualified.
3.  Email your application, your cover page, and your submission pages to, subject line, Scholarship Application.
Instructions for Submitting Sample Work:
Writers:  Submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format, EXCEPT do not include your name, address or contact information on any page.
Submit the first 10 pages of a novel (MG or YA) or a chapter book, 10 pages of a nonfiction manuscript for children, or the script for a graphic novel, or a manuscript intended to be a children’s magazine article or short story for children.
Any application not in compliance with all rules will be disqualified.  Questions?  Email
Donations:  Kansas/Missouri SCBWI accepts donations to help fund this ongoing scholarship.  Please mail donation checks payable to SCBWI Kansas/Missouri with VANDERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP in the memo line. There will also be an option to add a donation at the time of conference registration.
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STE D, #200
Leawood, KS 66211