2017 Prairie Writers and Illustrator’s Day Conference Scholarships

This scholarship covers conference fees for attendance to the 2017 SCBWI-IL Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day Conference. Travel and lodging costs are not included.

Dates: November 4, 2017

Location: (Chicago Area)

Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd. – Palatine, IL 60067 

The scholarships have been awarded for 2017. Scroll down to meet the 2017 scholarship winners and learn more about this scholarship.

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 PWID conference. An exception will be made for writers and illustrators who have attended PWID 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. 

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

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

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

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

5. Please email to Urania Smith @ uraniaraynellsmith@gmail.com by 11:59 August 15, 2017 Central Standard time. 

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