Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 Scholarship Opportunities for Underrepresented Persons

At SCBWI IA/MN, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. As authors, illustrators, and translators, we believe that words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others. 

We accept the challenge and responsibility of becoming agents of change by affirming the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity (including gender expression), socioeconomic status, citizenship, body size, veteran status, and religion. 


To fulfill our mission of supporting the creation and availability of quality books for every young reader in all regions of the world, we commit to championing equity and inclusion throughout our organization by offering the following :

  • Five (5) SCBWI memberships for 2021 valued at $80.00
  • Five (5) SCBWI IA/MN 2021 Spring Conference entry fees valued at $75.00.


  • Qualifications: Must be an Iowa or Minnesota resident, at least 18 years of age, belong to an underrepresented facet in SCBWI, and is a writer and/or illustrator of children’s literature.


Deadline:  Applications are due by 5:00 PM (Central Time) February 10, 2021.
To Apply: Email your name, your email address, and your identity that has traditionally been underrepresented by the publishing industry to Eileen Boggess at 
All qualified entries will be drawn at random and notified on February 11, 2021.