Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Congratulations to our Diversity Scholarship Winners!

Austin SCBWI’s annual Creators of Diverse Characters Scholarship gives scholarships in three categories: novels, picture books and illustration. We awarded two scholarships in each category: The winner gets a full scholarship to the 2018 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, and the honor recipient gets a half scholarship to the conference.

Our 2018 winners are…


Winner: Jenna Pashley Smith, with the manuscript HALF FAVELA
Honor: Madonna Bock, with the manuscript SURVIVING THE HARGROVES

Picture Books

Winner: Debbie Zapata, with the manuscript LUPE AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
Honor: Crystal Lamb, with the manuscript SCARLET’S SONG


Winner: Kathryn Finney, with the project LILY AND LEO
Honor:  Brenda Harris, with the project WEN YAN’S NEW SISTER

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

Thank you to our judging team of Full Circle Literary agent Stefanie Von Borstel and Foundry Literary + Media agent Tanusri Prasanna. 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.