SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KSMO Scholarships and Mentorships

Annually, the Kansas/Missouri Region of SCBWI offers an opportunity to apply for mentorships and scholarships. These are only available to SCBWI members (published or pre-published–see details below) who live in Kansas or Missouri. While creators 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. Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.

Scholarship submissions for the fall 2021 Middle of the Map scholarships will be accepted between June 1 and June 15, 2021. Please click on the individual scholarships below for more details.

 

Note: For the 2022 Mentorships:

For the Writer’s Mentorship, the focus will be on YA with local PAL author Shannon Thompson. And for the Illustrator Mentorship we have PAL illustrator Brad Sneed! Applications open Nov 7 and close Dec. 5th. See below for further details. 

 

And the 2021 winners are…

Promising Picture Book Scholarship – Rita Russell
 
Novel Scholarship – Laura Daugherty
 
Jennifer Wilson Non-Fiction Memorial Scholarship – Lindsey Hobson
 
Illustration Scholarship – Phyllis Harris
 
Middle of the Map Cover Art Contest Winner – Katie O’Malley

 

Opportunities include:

 

Promising Picture Book Scholarship

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri offers a scholarship to our fall conference each year (generally held in early November) for a promising picture book manuscript by an author not previously published by a PAL Publisher in the picture book format. The scholarship includes conference registration.

 

Applications open June 1-June 15, 2021. A panel of authors will select the winner. SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in July before registration opens for the conference. Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.

 

Click here for details.

 

Clare Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri offers a scholarship to our fall conference each year (generally held in early November) to a MG or YA author novel (not previously published by a PAL publisher for MG or YA) in honor of the 2011 Newbery winner and SCBWI Kansas member, Clare Vanderpool.  The scholarship includes conference registration.

 

Applications open June 1-June 15, 2021. A panel of authors will select the winner. SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in July before registration opens for the conference. Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.

 

Click here for details.

 

Illustration Scholarship

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri offers a scholarship to our fall conference each year (generally held in early November) for a promising illustrator published or pre-published. The scholarship includes conference registration.

 

Applications open June 1-June 15, 2021. A committee of illustrators will select the winner. SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in July before registration opens for the conference. Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.

 

Click here for details.

 

Conference Cover Art Contest

Regional members submit an original piece of artwork for use by Kansas/Missouri SCBWI for the annual fall conference. The winner’s artwork will be featured at the Kansas/Missouri SCBWI Middle of the Map Conference in November and will be displayed on the Kansas/Missouri SCBWI web site (ksmo.scbwi.org), all promotional materials, and any regional social media pages. (NOTE: The illustrator retains ownership of the illustration.)

 

Applications open June 1-June 15, 2021. The winner receives free admission to the fall conference.

 

Click here for details.

 

2021 Jennifer Wilson Memorial Scholarship for Non-Fiction Picture Book (*This scholarship will be offered for one year only*)

In honor of Jennifer Wilson, a regional member and avid volunteer for SCBWI who passed away in 2020, we are offering a one time scholarship to the fall 2021 KSMO Middle of the Map Conference for a promising Non-fiction Picture Book.

 

Applications open June 1 and must be submitted by June 15, 2021. The scholarship is available to SCBWI members who are not previously published by a publisher on the PAL list in the Non-fiction picture books format who live in Kansas or Missouri. A committee of authors will narrow the entrees down with the winner selected by Jennifer’s family. SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in July before registration opens for the conference.  Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.

 

The winner will receive free admission to the Middle of the Map Conference in November 2021.

 

Click here for details.

 

Illustration Mentorship

For the 2022 Illustrator Mentorship, our local PAL Illustrator, Brad Sneed, will be sharing his wisdom! Applications open Nov 7 and close Dec. 5th. See here for further details.

This mentorship is offered to acknowledge pre-published regional illustrators’ exceptional illustrations and present an opportunity to receive feedback from a published illustrator on a current work in progress.

 

Applications for the mentorship will open in early December for the following year. The winner will be announced in the first issue of KSMO SCBWI’s Second Saturdays’ email in January of the mentorship year (ie. 2021 application winner will have their mentorship begin in 2022).

 

What the winner can expect? The mentor will coordinate directly with the chosen mentee regarding how many pieces  will be critiqued, how many revisions will be allowed, and whether meetings will be online, in person, by email, or phone.

 

Writing Mentorship

For the 2022 Writer Mentorship, the focus will be on YA with local PAL author Shannon Thompson! Applications open Nov 7 and close Dec. 5th. See here for further details.

This mentorship is offered to acknowledge pre-published regional authors’ exceptional writing and present an opportunity to receive feedback from a published author on a current work in progress. This will rotate annually featuring  YA, MG, PB, and Non-fiction manuscripts in different years.

 

Applications for the mentorship will open in early December for the following year. The winner will be announced in the first issue of KSMO SCBWI’s Second Saturdays’ email in January of the mentorship year (ie. 2021 application winner will have their mentorship begin in 2022).

 

What can the winner expect? One full read of the winning manuscript with notes/feedback. Following the reading, the mentor and mentee will meet in an agreed upon platform which could include online, by phone, email, or in-person (up to but could be less than, three times before the year is over) to discuss questions and revisions.