SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Business of the Book – Marginalized Voices Sponsorship & Membership

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/06/2020 - 01/31/2020
12:00 am

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The Kansas-Missouri region of SCBWI is delighted to announce an opportunity for a writer or illustrator from groups historically marginalized and underrepresented in children’s literature. Agent Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary Services is sponsoring the attendance of one writer or illustrator at the upcoming Business of the Book event in St. Louis, of which she is a virtual faculty member. The recipient will also receive a free written critique from Saba. In addition, the KSMO region will offer one year of SCBWI membership to the recipient. SCBWI believes that all children deserve to have books that serve as both mirrors and windows into the diverse human experience. With the goal of broadening access to our conferences and supporting diverse voices, we are very excited and grateful to partner with Saba.

Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for the cost of hotel, airfare, or other travel expenses.

There is no submission fee to enter, but you must be 18 years of age or older.

Only one submission is allowed per person. If you are an author/illustrator, please choose one category to enter.

  • Submission window:  January 7-31, 2020     
  • Winner Announced: February 10, 2020

About The Business of the Book

February 22, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
UMSL J.C. Penney Conference Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Join us on February 22nd for a day-long workshop series on the business side of children’s publishing. Participants are invited to attend either of two half-day programs, or both!  Learn from the expertise of local published members and industry professionals no matter where you are along the publishing path.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants must identify as one or more of the following:

  • Person of color
  • Indigenous or Native American
  • Latinx
  • LGBTQ
  • Person with a physical disability
  • Member of a marginalized religious group
  • Neuroatypical person

The applicant themselves must identify in one of the categories listed. Being married to, a parent of, 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.

There is no submission fee to enter, but you must be 18 years of age or older.

Only one submission is allowed per person. If you are an author/illustrator submitting a book dummy, please enter the illustration category.

If you have already registered for The Business of the Book, you still are eligible to apply. If selected, you will receive reimbursement for your registration fees.

WRITERS

Please submit one Word that includes the following:

  1. The first 3-5 pages from your manuscript or full picture book text. Format with standard formatting rules.
  2. One paragraph description of the work being submitted
  3. A brief letter addressed to Ms. Sulaiman
  4. Name the file with this convention: LastName_Business.doc
  5. Email your document as an email attachment to ksmosubmissions@gmail.com. Make the subject line of your email “KSMO Scholarship.”

ILLUSTRATORS

Please submit one Word or a pdf that includes the following:

  1. Paste 3 illustrations directly into your word or google document. These can be three spreads from a picture book dummy or three portfolio pieces.  Alternatively, send the first three spreads of your book dummy, saved as a 3-page pdf. Do not send the entire dummy.
  2. A brief letter addressed to Ms. Sulaiman
  3. Name the file with this convention: LastName_ Business.doc
  4. Email your document as an email attachment to ksmosubmissions@gmail.com. Make the subject line of your email “KSMO Scholarship.”