Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Congratulations to our Diverse Characters Scholarship Winners

Austin SCBWI's annual Creators of Diverse Characters Scholarship expanded in 2017 to give scholarships in three categories: novels, picture books and illustration. We awarded two scholarships in each category: The winner gets a full scholarship to the 2017 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, and the honor recipient gets a half scholarship to the conference.

Our 2017 winners are…


Winner: Alda Dobbs, with the manuscript BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA
Honor: Stephanie Pellegrin, with the manuscript ALL THE COLORS THE RAINBOW FORGOT

Picture Books

Winner: Gloria Amescua, with the manuscript LUZ JIMENEZ, NO ORDINARY GIRL
Honor: Lindsay Hanson Metcalf, with the manuscript HE LIVES INSIDE SHE


Winner: Becky Porter, with the project STICKY SUZY
Honor:  Tatiana Escallon, with the project I AM HERE

Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you at our conference.

Thank you to our judging team of Full Circle Literary agent Stefanie Von Borstel, Austin SCBWI Regional Advisor Samantha Clark, Assistant Regional Advisor P.J. Hoover and Illustrator Coordinator C.S. Jennings. And thank you to those who have donated to our annual conference Silent Auction and/or bought items at the auction for helping us to make this scholarship happen.