Scholarship Available for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Scholarship Opportunity for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's book writing and illustrating seems to be an exclusive field where artists struggle to finds ways they can emerge as relevant. Many agree that attending a conference is a great way to compete in the publishing industry; it serves as an opportunity to meet agents, editors and successful authors and illustrators. Rocky Mountain writers and illustrators have an opportunity to attend a conference for free. Only two weeks are left to apply for the VICKIE FERGUSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Scholarship recipients will receive fully paid tuition to the 2013 RMC SCBWI Letters and Lines Fall Conference, plus a manuscript or portfolio review (as indicated on the free application). The scholarship will be awarded to one writer as well as one illustrator—please apply if you’re actively committed to your craft.  Application deadline is June 22, 2013.

To apply, please click link for application: [2013VF_ScholarshipApplication.pdf]


More about the conference: September 28 and 29th, The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is excited to host the annual Letters and Lines Conference at a new location, the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado. This weekend event will include two unforgettable days packed with valuable learning and networking opportunities.  Attendees will find many opportunities to connect on a personal level with our speakers—when—during break-out sessions, intensives, individual critiques, pitch sessions, query workshops, first page readings, and more. If some of these terms are foreign to you, it’s all the more reason to attend. You’ll not only learn how to elevate your work, but you’ll also learn the business side of your craft.  This year’s lists of distinguished speakers include:



  • Newbery Award winner Linda Sue Park
  • Arianne Lewin, executive editor, G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Kelly Barrales-Saylor, editorial director, Albert Whitman & Company
  • Wendy Loggia, executive editor, Delacorte/Random House
  • Brianne Johnson, agent, Writers House
  • Terrie Wolf, agent, AKA Literary Management
  • Bitsy Kemper, author and PR Queen!
  • Illustrator Michael Garland

Take a look at last year’s scholarship recipient: click here


Thank you Vickie Ferguson. The Vickie Ferguson Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Vickie Ferguson, long-time member of RMC-SCBWI, who passed away in May 2005. Vickie was dedicated to her writing. This scholarship seeks to support those writers and illustrators who are committed to their craft and are actively writing and/or illustrating.


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