Clare Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship

In honor of the 2011 Newbery winner and SCBWI Kansas member, Clare Vanderpool, we are offering a scholarship to the fall 2023 KSMO Middle of the Map Conference to be held November 3-4 for a promising middle grade or young adult novel.  Graphic novels and chapter books are considered (text only) as long as you, the writer, identify the content as for an audience older than picture-book age. The scholarship includes conference registration fees.

Congratulations to our 2023 Clare Vanderpool scholarship winner Bradley Johnson!


The scholarship is available to SCBWI members who are not previously published by a publisher on the PAL list in this format (middle grade or young adult novel) and who are members of the Kansas-Missouri Region.


SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in August.


Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships. Further, while authors 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.




Submissions must be submitted via email.


1. Follow the instructions below on Submitting Sample Work to attach your manuscript.   Do NOT put your name on your submission pages, only your cover pages.  Entries are blind judged.


2. Your cover page should include your name, title of work, and email address. It should be a separate document from your submission pages.


3.  Email your cover page and your submission pages as two separate documents to Email subject line should read Novel Scholarship Application.



Instructions for Submitting Sample Work:


Submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format, EXCEPT do not include your name, address or contact information on any page.


Submit the first 10 pages of a novel (MG or YA) or a chapter book, 10 pages of a nonfiction manuscript for children, the script for a graphic novel, or a manuscript intended to be a children’s magazine article or short story for children.


Title your submission pages: CV_NovelScholarship_Title.

Title your cover page: CV_NovelScholarship_Title_YourLastName.


Any application not in compliance with all rules will be disqualified. Questions? Email 



Donations:  Kansas/Missouri SCBWI accepts donations to help fund this ongoing scholarship.  Please mail donation checks payable to SCBWI Kansas/Missouri with VANDERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP in the memo line.



Attention: Kansas/Missouri SCBWI

15621 W. 87th Street Pkwy #206

Lenexa, KS. 66219