Society of
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Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Funds New Grant for Latinx Writers


Click “Play” para escuchar la conversación entre autora Meg Medina, SCBWI representante de México Judy Goldman,
y SCBWI coordinadora de español Malena Fuentes, sobre la beca Volemos


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators announces a new opportunity for writers of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American Heritage funded by Newbery Medal winner, New York Times bestselling author, and SCBWI Board of Advisors member, Meg Medina. Volemos: The Meg Medina Grant will be awarded to one manuscript submitted by a writer of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American heritage. Submissions will be accepted in Spanish or English from April 1-30, 2021.


This award is open to authors who are early in their career (1-3 traditionally published books) or not yet traditionally published. The winner will receive $500 along with a one-year SCBWI membership, registration to the Summer Spectacular conference, and a coaching session to further their creative career. All applicants must be current SCBWI members and have heritage from the following countries/territories: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Spain, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.


Medina commented, “I’m so happy to partner with SCBWI on Volemos: The Meg Medina Grant as a way to support early career members of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American heritage.  Stories can, indeed, help people’s spirits soar. It is my greatest hope that, working together, SCBWI and I can help winners of this new award take flight in their lives as authors.”


SCBWI Executive Director Lin Oliver said, “SCBWI is so happy to work with our Board of Advisors member Meg Medina to establish this grant that will not only help launch careers but will result in children’s books that encompass a greater world view and portray the richness of culture and heritage.”    


This grant was created by Medina in collaboration with SCBWI’s Spanish Language Committee. April Powers, SCBWI’s Equity & Inclusion officer commented, “Spanish is the second most spoken language by our members. As the SCBWI continues to grow and support writers from every background, we are so appreciative that creators like Meg make opportunities like this possible.”