Saturday, May 15, 2010

12 Scholarships, Grants, and Awards! Oh, My!

If you’re attending the SCBWI Los Angeles conference this summer, then you know there are many costs involved. From the conference fees to travel expenses, the sound of a cash register is practically ringing in your ears. But did you know that there are actually grants out there that can help offset these costs?

If you happen to be published and are considering dabbling in a genre you haven’t been published in previously, you should check out the Martha Weston Grant over at the SCBWI website. It offers a $1,500 grant to one lucky attendee. Entries must be postmarked by June 10th.

Check with your local chapter of SCBWI. Some award grants and scholarships for regional conferences. They may be offering help in getting to Los Angeles.

Once you’ve arrived in L.A., there are further opportunities to keep in mind. If you’ve already submitted a manuscript for critique in L.A., check out the Sue Alexander Award. From the pool of authors seeking critiques, one lucky writer and their manuscript will make their way to New York to meet with interested editors. And did I mention, all expenses paid?

For illustrators, the Portfolio Award hones in on the best art portfolio in the Juried Art Portfolio Display. The winner is the recipient of an all expense-paid trip to New York to meet with interested art directors.

Good luck!
Marissa

12 comments:

  1. GRANTS? AWARDS? You guys are REALLY lucky to live in the USA!

    I'm really envious!

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  2. Exciting stuff! Thanks for all the links :)

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  3. Ann Marie, don't try and make us feel guilty when YOU'RE the lucky soul who lives in Greece!!! Switch?

    Jemi and Helena, I hope these links are helpful. Sometimes, we forget things like these exist and we don't take advantage. Good luck!

    Marissa

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  4. Honestly? I'd switch in a flash. Greece has been hit REALLY hard by a recession ...largely due to its own making. Too many scandals and stolen money + many other internal problems have brought the country to its knees.

    So when do we do the exchange..?

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  5. Ann Marie, I'm laughing- Greece sounds like life as a public school teacher these days! No, in all seriousness, I wish you were closer! The conferences are amazing opportunities for learning and meeting people. Keep us posted if you're making your way to one. We'd love you meet you!

    Marissa

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  6. I'm definitely planning on coming over for a conference at some point but at the earliest in a year or two. I want to finish at least one of my projects before I spend ALL that money.

    Until then, THANK HEAVENS for the internet!

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  7. Ann Marie, we'll look forward to whenever you make it out our way!

    Sharon, very happy to provide it :)

    Marissa

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  8. Thanks for the great information. Yes, I DO forget about these opportunities.

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  9. Nice tips for those who are new to SCBWI or who haven't really been to the L.A conference before.

    The Writing Mama
    http://thewritingmama.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks Writing Mama! We just want to spread the good word to anyone who is fortunate enough to be attending!

    Marissa

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