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  • SCBWI (Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators) Arizona 2021 Desert Sunrise Scholarship for Own Voices/Lived Experience Creators Application Open

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    March 20, 2021

    SCBWI Arizona has opened its 2021 Desert Sunrise Scholarship for Own Voices/Lived Experience Creators Application period. This scholarship opportunity offers both SCBWI member and non-member awards and we are looking for support in promoting the scholarship beyond our SCBWI membership. We hope you will share this information with your local creative community.


    The 2021 Desert Sunrise Scholarship for Own Voices/Lived Experience Creators Application period is now open.


    SCBWI Arizona is committed to boost equitable representation in children’s publishing by broadening access to diverse voices.


    To achieve this goal we are delighted to offer three different opportunities within our Desert Sunrise Scholarship for Own Voices/Lived Experience Creators:

    – Continue to hone your craft by becoming a member of SCBWI-AZ, taking part of our events and attending our annual regional conference.

    – As an active member expand your industry knowledge by attending our annual regional conference.

    – Receive tailored feedback to support your publishing path with an industry professional’s written critique of your manuscript or portfolio.



    Unagented or agented, previously published, or unpublished applicants that self-identify as underrepresented creators in one of the following categories:

    Black, Indigenous, or Person of color


    Person with a disability (including neurodivergent, neuroatypicality, and mental illness)

    Member of a marginalized religious group

    You are not an eligible candidate for the Lived Experience/ Own Voices Scholarship if you are:

    married to, parent of, sibling of someone in the above-mentioned categories

    writing about these topics but NOT a self-identified creator under any of these categories


    Please direct any questions to:  scbwiaz.scholarship@gmail.com

    Application opens March 1, 2021.

    – Submission deadline: April 15, 2021, by midnight AZ time.

    Works will be judged anonymously by an expert panel of judges.

    Winners will be announced May 15, 2021, notified by email with a certificate (code) for registering online or further instructions to claim their prize.


     Additional submission Information available at: https://arizona.scbwi.org/desert-sunrise-scholarship-for-own-voiceslived-experience-creators/ 


    At SCBWI, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. Words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others. Historically, content creation that reaches a wide audience of children and teens has been intertwined with a legacy of privilege, oppression, bias, and racism. We acknowledge that, as part of the children’s publishing industry, we share in that legacy.


    You can find our complete Equity and Inclusion Statement here: SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Statement

    Sharon Skinner, Regional Advisor
    arizona-ra@scbwi.org, (602) 478-9542