2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference Scholarships

This scholarship covers conference fees for attendance to the 2019 Marvelous Midwest Conference (MM). Travel and lodging costs are not included.

Dates: May 3-5, 2019

Location: (Chicago area)

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd – Naperville, IL 60563

Meet previous scholarship winners

Meet the 2017 scholarship winners and the 2018 scholarship winners.

About the Scholarship


1. Your manuscript does not have to contain identifiably diverse content; we’re only interested that the creator is from a underrepresented racially diverse background. This includes, but is not limited to Native American, Asian, Black or African American, Latino, Pacific Islander, or Middle Eastern.

2. This scholarship is open to writers and illustrators who have never attended a Marvelous Midwest conference (formerly: Wild Wild midwest). An exception will be made for writers and illustrators who have attended Marvelous Midwest and are experiencing financial hardships, but please indicate this in the body of the email.

3. No writer or illustrator can be previously traditionally published in any of the genres listed below.

How to Enter

1. Include in the subject line: KLN: Own Your Voice Scholarship: Genre 

Genres: Picture book = (PB) , middle grade = (MG) , chapter book = (CB), young adult = (YA), or illustrator = (IL)

2. In the body of the email, in 250 words, describe your diverse background and what attending a professional children’s writing conference means to you. 

3. Submit entire picture book manuscript or the first 5 pages of any CB, MG, or YA novel in standard manuscript.

4. Illustrators include a pitch in the body of email and up to 5 art samples attached as jpegs.

5. Include your name, email address, address, and phone number at the bottom of your email.

6. Do not include name or contact information on the manuscript.

7. Please email to Urania Smith at uraniaraynellsmith@gmail.com between February 1,
2019 and February 28, 2019 11:59 Central Standard time. 

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