Scholarship Available

Equity and Inclusion Scholarship

The Equity and Inclusion Team of Eastern PA SCBWI is committed to lifting the voices of traditionally underrepresented storytellers and artists (including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, Native people, and people from ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities). 

We are honored to offer a full scholarship for the Submission Shine 2024 online critique intensive event (Jan 11-13, 2024) to be awarded to a creator who self-identifies as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature (see above).

To apply for the scholarship, please email the following with “Submission Shine 2024 Scholarship” in the subject line to

1. A brief letter of introduction explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, a little bit about your creative journey, and, to your level of comfort, explaining how you qualify or self-identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature.

2. A five-page sample from your chapter book/middle grade/young adult manuscript; OR one full picture book manuscript; OR the first half spread plus the next two full spreads of your picture book dummy; OR three portfolio-ready illustrations


1. The samples do not need to reflect experiences within an underrepresented or marginalized community. Our goal, and mission, is to uplift and support the creators. 

2. Please also indicate if you would only be able to participate in the program if you receive the funds from the Equity & Inclusion Team due to financial hardship.

Deadline to apply for this scholarship: Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Scholarship applicants will be informed of the decision on or before Tuesday, August 24, 2023.

Full event information:

In the event that equally qualified applicants apply, priority may be given to an Eastern PA SCBWI member. Please note that if no applicants meet the requirements, Eastern PA SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarships for this event.

If you have any questions, please email