Promising Picture Book Scholarship

SCBWI Kansas/Missouri is offering a picture book scholarship to the 2024 Virtual Middle of the Map Conference held November 2. 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 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 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:

PB Writers:  Submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format (see below) 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, use pdf format under 25 mb.

Title your dummy: PBScholarship_Title. 

Title your cover page: PBScholarship_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.