Regional Advisor Scholarship

The Austin SCBWI RA Scholarship is awarded each year to a children’s book writer who has the passion and desire to pursue a career in this industry. It is designed to give the winning writer a good foundation from which they can continue to learn and grow as a children’s book author.

The recipient receives:

* Full scholarship to our annual conference to be held in person April 29-30, 2023 (does not include critiques, pitch/consultation, or travel expenses)

*One year membership to SCBWI (or a membership extension if the recipient is already a member)

* Craft and publishing questions answered as time permits during 2023 by the Austin RA (Regional Advisor) Samantha M Clark, author of middle-grade novels THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and ARROW (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster), AMERICAN HORSE TALES: HOLLYWOOD (Penguin Random House), and the GEMSTONE DRAGONS chapter book series (Bloomsbury)

Please note: This scholarship does not include critiques because we don’t want to put pressure on the winner to perform at a certain level. Our aim is to encourage, lift and guide the writer, so they can have a step in the right direction.


Members and non-members in Texas are eligible. Pre-published, unagented writers only.

Submission Instructions


Please submit via this form. If you have any questions or have issues with the submission form, please email ascbwi-diversity @ (remove the spaces around the @).

You will be asked to answer a few questions about your interest in writing and upload a writing sample of children’s literature (fiction or nonfiction, picture book or novel) up to three (3) pages. These should be first pages of a manuscript formatted with standard formatting rules. Name the file with a keyword(s) from the title of your work (e.g.: if you were author Adrianna Cuevas submitting her novel CUBA IN MY POCKET, you might title your file: CubaPocket). Please do NOT include your name or other identifying information in the body of the manuscript. We will match the names of the winning manuscripts with the person who submitted it.

Application deadline was February 15, 2023. 

Scholarship winners may not be announced before conference registration opens. If you want a critique at the conference, you should register early. If you don’t win and can’t pay for the conference on your own, you will be given a full refund.