Are you writing a diverse book?
Here are some resources to help you write diversely:
Opportunities for diverse authors:
- The Walter Award and Grant program - Annual awards and grants given by WNDB to diverse authors and illustrators
- Voices at VONA - "the only writers' conference in the country with a multi-genre focus on writers of color as students and teachers."
- SCBWI's Emerging Voices Award and Multi-Cultural Work-in-Progress Grants - Established to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books
- Lee and Low New Voices Award - Annual award given to an unpublished author of color for a picture book manuscript. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and Lee & Low's standard publication contract.
- Tu Books New Visions Award - Annual award given to an unpublished author of color for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and Tu Books’ standard publication contract.
- Vermont College of Fine Art’s Angela Johnson Scholarship for New Students of Color or Ethnic Minority - Established by agent Barry Goldblatt
Hamline University MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults - The Vaunda Micheaux Nelson scholarship provides $5,000 to a new or current student of color, annually. The Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors scholarship is a $1,000 biannual award for new students of color entering the program.
- The Art and Change grant - project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects.
- The Scholastic Picture Book Award - A joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia.
Other helpful articles:
- CBC Diversity's Resources for Writers
- Mitali Perkins' checklist for authors writing about race
- Malinda Lo's guide to avoiding LGBT stereotypes
- DiversifyYA - a collection of interviews and roundtables about all types of diversity