Clare Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship

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 2024 Virtual KSMO Middle of the Map Conference to be held November 2 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 provides free conference registration.


The scholarship is available to SCBWI members who are not previously published by a publisher on the PAL list in this format (picture book) who are members of the Kansas-Missouri Region. Applications are open June 1-30, 2024!

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. By applying for scholarships or contests, if you win, you agree to be a judge the following year in that category.



Submissions must be submitted via email.


1.  Follow the instructions below on Submitting Sample Work to attach your manuscript or illustrations.  Do NOT put your name on your submission pages, only your cover page.  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:


Novel Writers for Clare Vanderpool Promising Novel Scholarship: 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: NovelScholarship_Title.

Title your cover page: NovelScholarship_Title_YourLastName.


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

Standard Manuscript Format

  • Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman. 
  • Double space all manuscripts.
  • Pages should be numbered consecutively. 
  • The default margin settings that appear in a new Microsoft Word document are acceptable. If you are setting margins manually, use a 1-inch or 1.25-inch margin on each side of the page.