Promising Picture Book Scholarship

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri is offering a picture book scholarship to the 2023 Middle of the Map Conference held November 3-4. The scholarship includes conference registration fees. 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 open July 1. The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 15, 2023.


Congratulations to our 2023 Promising Picture Book scholarship winner Kelly Clasen!


Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships. Further, while members 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 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 PB Scholarship Application.



Instructions for Submitting Sample Work:


Writers:  Submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format, EXCEPT do not include your name, address or contact information on any page. Submit the full picture book manuscript. Title your submission pages: PBScholarship_Title. Title your cover page: PBScholarship_Title_YourLastName


Author/Illustrators: You may submit your picture book manuscript in dummy form if you prefer to do so. Please exclude your name, address, or contact information on any page of the dummy.



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 PICTURE BOOK SCHOLARSHIP in the memo line.



Attention: Kansas/Missouri SCBWI

15621 W. 87th Street Pkwy #206

Lenexa, KS. 66219