Scholarships & Grants


National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts
https://www.arts.gov/

Creative Writing Fellowships

Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000.

These guidelines are for creative writing fellowships in prose.

View Application Deadlines: https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals

Translation Projects

Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project.

View Application Deadlines: https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-individuals

Funds for Writers

Funds for Writers
http://fundsforwriters.com/

Grants

Funds for Writers is an online resource for writers. Along with many other valuable tools for writers, Funds for Writers has compiled an extensive list of grants.

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
http://www.scbwi.org/awards/

FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Book Launch Award

Provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to help the promotion of their newly published work and take the marketing strategy into their own creative hands.

Crystal Kite Awards

Peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

Golden Kite Awards

Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers. The Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literatures in five categories: Young Reader and Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration.

Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant

Critically acclaimed children’s book author Jane Yolen created this grant to honor the contribution of mid-list authors.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award recognizes and encourages the publication of an excellent book of poetry or anthology for children and/or young adults. This award is given every three years.

Magazine Merit Award

For original magazine work for young people in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and poetry.

Martha Weston Grant

The Martha Weston Grant was established by the Hairston Family to remember author/illustrator Martha Weston. The grant helps authors and illustrators who want to switch children’s book genres.

Sid Fleischman Award

Given with the Golden Kite Awards, an award for exemplary writing for children in the genre of humor.

Spark Award

An annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.

Work-in-Progress Grants

To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction.

FOR AUTHORS

Manuscript Awards

Given in conjunction with the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles for promising manuscripts.

Emerging Voices Award

Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

Student Writer Scholarship

Conference tuition for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

Work-in-Progress Grants

To assist children’s book writers and illustrators in the completion of a specific project currently not under contract. Given in the categories of: Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Multi-Cultural Fiction or Nonfiction.

Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award

An award for a work-in-progress from an unpublished author over age 50.

FOR ILLUSTRATORS

Art Spot

Selected illustrations are selected quarterly to be featured in the Bulletin.

Portfolio Awards

Given to the top portfolios submitted to the annual SCBWI Summer or Winter Conferences.

Student Illustrator Scholarship

Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

Tomie dePaola Award

Given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself based on a given prompt.

Don Freeman Work-in-Progress Grant

To assist illustrators in the completion of a book dummy or portfolio.

COMMUNITY GRANTS

Amber Brown

The Amber Brown Grant commemorates author and beloved school speaker, Paula Danziger. One school is awarded each year with an author or illustrator visit and new books to continue Paula’s love of connecting children with creative influences.

Tribute Fund

The SCBWI Tribute Fund commemorates members of the children’s book community, their lives, and their work by funding all-expense scholarships to the SCBWI International Summer and Winter Conferences for the general membership.

GRANTS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Emerging Voices Award

Established with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

Multicultural Work-in-Progress Grant

To assist children’s book writers in the completion of a manuscript that features a voice traditionally underrepresented in children’s books.

GRANTS FOR STUDENTS

Student Writer Scholarship

Conference tuition for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

Student Illustrator Scholarship

Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Program in Creative Writing
Madeline Island School of the Arts
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
https://wisconsinacademy.org/

Poetry Contest

Begun in 2002 and regularly garnering over 600 poems, this annual contest is one of the finest showcases for emerging and established poets. Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only quarterly magazine in the state that regularly highlights Wisconsin poets and poetry along with fiction and articles by and about Wisconsinites who make our state great.

Fiction Contest

First- through third-place winning stories will appear in print and online issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the spring/summer 2015 issue of the magazine. The first-place winner also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point. Any Wisconsin resident or student over the age of 18 can enter the contest.