Since 2015, the Austin SCBWI chapter has awarded conference scholarships to authors and authors who are creating diverse worlds. The scholarship was inspired by our February 2015 monthly meeting, when author Cynthia Leitich Smith gave an amazing seminar on the need for diverse books and diverse worlds within books. She encouraged all writers and illustrators to think diversely when creating the worlds of their stories, while also being respectful of writing outside of their experiences. Click here for the report, including tips and a reading guide.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Scholarship for Creators of Diverse World! The contest was judged by agents Stefanie Von Borstel of Full Circle Literary and Tanusri Prasanna of Foundry Literary + Media.
The winners are:
Illustration Winner: Mariya Prytula (Red Panda Dreams of Mooncake)
Honor: Sarah Hada (Extra-Tiny Terrestrial)
Middle Grade/Young Adult Winner: Gina McCauley (Imani Makes Potato Salad)
Picture Book Winner: Nick Solis (The Littlest Grito)
Honor: Shachi Kaushik (Diwali Away from Home)
Second Honor (tie): Norris Atkins (The First Hike) and Debbie Zapata (Roy’s Taxi)
The winner in each category receives a scholarship for both days of the Writers & Illustrators Working Conference, while the honor winners reach receive a 50 percent discount to either the full conference or the Saturday sessions.
Watch for news about the 2021 scholarship applications in the fall.