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Story Starter 2017 Submission Form
Story Starter Scholarship works with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Western PA and aims to remove barriers and provide diverse writers and illustrators opportunities to engage with the children's publishing community.

Any combination of writer or illustrator from a diverse experience, LGBTQIA, native, people of color, gender, people with disabilities, ethnic and/or cultural minorities that are traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America is encouraged to apply.

Applicants do not need to live in PA but this award is only for the 2017 SCBWI WPA Agent Workshop.

Story Starter Award: We will cover some or all of the costs for diverse writers/illustrators to attend the 2017 SCBWI Western PA Agent Workshop.

How to Apply: Writers will submit up to five pages of a manuscript and illustrators will provide a link to an online portfolio.

2017 Agent Workshop Information:
What: Members-only agent workshop
Where: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport
When: Friday, November 10 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, November 11 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Cost: Early registration October 9-22: $80; Registration October 23-30: $100

Your submission must be an original work for young readers and may not be under contract. If not written in English, please provide a translation. Illustrators should provide a link to a portfolio. Writers please submit no more than 5 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.

Award can be used to cover one or more of these expenses: membership to SCBWI, workshop fees, hotel stay*, parking, and transportation/gas reimbursement.

Applicant will need to join SCBWI to attend the 2017 Agent Workshop. Applicant must be over 18.

*Hotel availability not guaranteed.

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Thank you for applying!! We look forward to reading your work.
Samantha Smith, Jeff Brunner, and Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
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Tell us about yourself, a short bio or blurb is fine. *
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Please describe your diverse perspective on children's writing and/or illustrating. *
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Please indicate how much financial support you're requesting. *
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Writers, please email your submission to Please attach your document to your email as either a pdf, doc, or pages file. Maximum of 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, in Times New Roman. Please put "Story Starter Submission [Title]" in the subject line. Copy your subject line here so we can confirm receipt. *
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Illustrators, please provide a link to an online portfolio of your work. A social media feed is fine. *
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