Launching the Bent Agency BAME scholarship

Open for submissions until midnight Saturday 26th August 2017!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting its annual conference in the UK on 25th – 26th November 2017. It is entitled Seriously Funny: Bringing a Lighter Side to All Scribbles & Doodles During talks and workshops, it will offer writers and illustrators the chance to hone their craft and gain insight into the children’s publishing industry.

As in previous years, two conference scholarships will continue to run in memory of Margaret Carey, children’s writer and illustrator and SCBWI British Isles volunteer, in the following two categories:

  • fiction author (Young Adult or Middle Grade)
  • picture book author or illustrator
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    This year an ADDITIONAL scholarship, generously sponsored by the Bent Agency, will be awarded in the following category:

  • BAME author (Young Adult or Middle Grade)
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    Each scholarship covers the cost of the conference attendance, a 1-1 manuscript critique with an editor, art director or agent*, hotel accommodation, and a grant towards travel to Winchester, where the conference will take place.

    The BAME scholarship winner’s manuscript critique will be with an agent from the Bent Agency. The Bent Agency will also pay for a year’s SCBWI membership.

    Molly Ker Hawn from the Bent Agency said:
    We at TBA are delighted to be involved in SCBWI-BI’s effort to encourage BAME writers. It’s important to us that all children can find books in which they can see themselves, and that won’t happen without diverse authors.

    Natascha Biebow and Kathy Evans, Co-Chairs of the SCBWI British Isles, said:
    The SCBWI-BI are proud to be part of this important initiative alongside the Bent Agency to support under-represented BAME children’s book authors. SCBWI’s international professional network and the development opportunities afforded by the annual conference have made a significant difference to SCBWI members’ careers and we are excited that we will be part of the scholarship winner’s journey to publication.

    Who can apply?

    For the Margaret Carey scholarships: Current members of SCBWI British Isles who seek professional development and show great promise in their work, but who are financially unable to come to the SCBWI BI annual conference, may apply. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications from other SCBWI regions.

    For the Bent Agency BAME scholarship:

    Both SCBWI and non-SCBWI member BAME writers, resident in the British Isles, may apply. BAME is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “black, Asian and minority ethnic (used to refer to members of non-white communities in the UK)”. If the winner is already a SCBWI member, their membership will be extended by one year.

    SCBWI members may apply for both the Margaret Carey scholarships and the BAME scholarship if they are eligible.

    Submissions will be accepted until 26th August 2017. There is no submission fee. Applicants for all scholarships can be unpublished, self-published or may previously have been traditionally published, though applicants for the BAME scholarship must be unagented. Each submission will be judged solely on the work submitted and its potential, and the statement supplied.

    For further details on submission visit: http://britishisles.scbwi.org/conference2017/scholarship/

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