Margaret Carey Conference Scholarship
Scholarships for the 2013 conference ARE NOW CLOSED.
The winner will be contacted by Friday 25th October 2013.
The Scholarships are judged by industry professionals, who will remain anonymous throughout the awarding of the scholarships.
About the Margaret Carey Scholarship
For many years, Margaret organized events for both authors and illustrators in SCBWI British Isles with verve and passion. Her volunteering and amazingly generous spirit was recognized in 2010 when she received the inaugural SCBWI British Isles Outstanding Contribution Award. She was a talented writer and illustrator and was a winner in the Undiscovered Voices anthology competition in 2008.
This scholarship has been set up in memory of Margaret Carey’s life as a children’s writer and illustrator and her large contribution to SCBWI British Isles.
Entries will be judged on promise and marketability, in honour of Margaret's dedication to her craft, as well as need. Up to two scholarships maybe awarded to members who show great potential in their work, but might otherwise be unable to afford to attend the SCBWI British Isles annual conference. The judges will be looking to award one scholarship to a fiction author and one to an illustrator or picture book author or author/illustrator.
How to enter
Please read the rules in the section below before entering. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants - In addition to your work-in-progress sample as detailed below, you must submit a 250-word statement (double-spaced, 12-point type) describing the work you wish to publish, how attending the conference will help you achieve that goal, and why you need the scholarship. Please include your name as well as the title of your work sample, if applicable, on this document.
Novel Writers – A written sample of 1500 words from the opening of your unpublished novel, plus a one-page synopsis, double-spaced in 12-point type. Begin the text on your sample near the top of the page and include the title and genre. Please put your title on every page, but only use your name in the filename, and not in the document itself.
Picture Book Writers - Submit the entire manuscript, double-spaced in 12-point type (maximum word count: 1500 words). Begin the text on your sample near the top of the page and include the title and genre. Please put your title on every page, but only use your name in the filename, and not in the document itself.
Picture Book Author/Illustrators - Submit a rough picture book dummy, including at least two finished illustrations. Please send as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file. You may send a file over 2MB via an ftp service, like YouSendIt. Please do not include your name on the document anywhere, but please use it in the filename.
Illustrators - Submit one promotional or marketing sheet which you might send to an art director that includes one image or several images on a page that is no larger than A4. Please send as a 72dpi (web only) PDF file or appropriate JPG. You may send a file over 2MB via an ftp service, like YouSendIt. Please do not include your name on the document anywhere, but please use it in the filename.
A few more rules...
i. DO NOT put your name on your submission pages (if you do, you will be disqualified).
ii. Please use the subject line “Conference Scholarship 2013 Entry” in your email. You must include the following contact information in the body of your email: Name, Address (Street, City, County, Postcode), Email Address, Telephone Number.
iii. Include both documents requested as part of your submission package as email attachments – Please name the file after the title of your piece, i.e. “Great Title Submission.doc”. Please send all word documents in a Word 97-2003 compatible “.doc” file. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME OR CONTACT DETAILS ON YOUR ATTACHED SUBMISSION PAGES OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
iv. Deadline: Entries must be received by 5pm, August 30th , 2013.
v. Submissions not in compliance with the rules will be disqualified.
vi. Winners will be informed by October 25th 2013. We will be announcing the winners publically, if you would like to remain anonymous please say so clearly on your submission email.
vii. We will delete all entries once the conference is over.
viii. Each scholarship is worth up to £450 (as defined by the organisers).
ix. British Isles reserves the right to not award a grant if the entries do not meet standards.
x. Enquiries AND entries must be sent to email@example.com
Winners - 2012!
SCBWI British Isles is pleased to announce the two winners and an honorary mention for this year's Margaret Carey Conference Scholarship.
The fiction writers scholarship recipient is Clare Furniss for The Year of the Rat.
As one of the panel judges said, "For me, the joy of reading this material comes from Millie's voice: bewildered and shocked by her mother's death but clear, authentic and possessed of an inner strength which I just loved. I thought the church scene was beautifully atmospheric and perfectly."
The picture book writer/illustrator scholarship recipient is Rebecca Colby for her picture book text, The Fairy Godmother School.
As one of panel judges said, "It's fun, commercial, funny, modern with a good style and voice. An interesting idea that we thought might be saleable with a bit more work."
We look forward to seeing Clare and Rebecca at the conference!
It was not an easy task to select two winners from all the wonderful and varied entries, so we would like to extend our thanks to our anonymous panel of judges for their hard work!
The picture book writer/illustrator panel elected to give an honourable mention to the illustrations by Portia Rosenberg.
As one of the judges said, the work was "very skilled, beautifully executed work that creates a world of characters, if reminiscent of Chris Riddell - but deserves encouragement...and time off from basic jobs. It works for 8-15 black and whites or cover work - rather than picture books. Someone who can draw so we feel the characters have potential and could be pushed to doing younger stuff later."
We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and wish them the best of luck for their projects.
"I was over the moon to win one of last year’s Margaret Carey Scholarships, which enabled me to attend the SCBWI conference in Winchester.
The whole weekend was an invaluable experience, from the Friday night critique right through to the Sunday afternoon. It gave me the boost I needed to go into 2012 with a positive attitude and new writing goals.
Maverick Publishing have just accepted two of my texts for the next stage of their packaging scheme. Winning the scholarship definitely helped me reach this point and I would wholeheartedly encourage anybody who is considering applying to go for it!"
Alice Hemming, 2011 scholarship recipient.