Congratulations to our 2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship winner: Leah Schanke!
A New York City native with an interest in U.S. history and particularly stories of social justice, Leah is inspired by her African-American heritage to write narrative nonfiction and historical fiction books for children. Leah was a finalist twice, 2013 and 2014, in the children’s book category of the PNWA Literary Contest for Unpublished Works. In 2017 her picture book biography of a Harlem Renaissance poet was a winner in the KidLit College Picture Book Contest.
Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship winners! Our scholarship pays for children’s book writers illustrators of color to attend a professional conference. They will be attending the 2018 SCBWI Illinois Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s day Conference.