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Thanks to the generous support of the 12 x 12 community, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge offers scholarships to picture book writers to cover membership tuition. We are in the midst of our funding drive now, hoping to provide a total of six scholarships. Donations in ALL amounts help! Thank you.

GOAL = $4,000

Tuition + PB Submissions System (6) - $4000 100%
Tuition for 6 Scholarships - $2100 100%
Tuition for 4 Scholarships - $1400 100%

Three* scholarships will be awarded in each of the following two categories:

1. Financial Need

2. Authors of Diverse Ethnic, Cultural, and/or other backgrounds underrepresented in the canon of children’s picture book literature (Native American, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern or Muslim, Pacific Islander, Special Needs)

*Provided funding is achieved. Minimum number of scholarships offered will be four (2 financial need, 2 diversity).

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 2, 2019

Scholarship recipients will receive full membership tuition for the Little GOLDen Book level ($347) for 2020 and FREE access ($297) to The Complete Picture Book Submissions System.**

Deadline to apply is December 2, 2019.

Winners will be announced January 1st, and recipients will receive instructions for accessing all of the membership benefits.

**Provided funding is achieved to include The Complete Picture Book Submissions System. All scholarship recipients will receive, at a minimum, full Little GOLDen Book tuition.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILTY

Eligibility for Financial Need scholarships:

Any picture book writer/illustrator from any country in the world who would otherwise not be able to join 12 x 12 due to the cost is invited to apply. Applicants must be over the age of 18, unpublished, and should not have agent representation.

The picture book manuscript must be an original work written in English containing no more than 1000 words. Back matter may be submitted with your manuscript, but is not included in the word count. Please specify the intended age range for manuscript (i.e. 0-4, 4-8, etc.). The manuscript may not be under contract.

 Guidelines:

All applications will be accepted via email only between November 1, 2019 – December 2, 2019 at kelli@juliehedlund.com and the following must be included in the body of the email:

  1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in 250 words or fewer.
  2.  A short statement describing the nature of the financial need/circumstances in 250 words or fewer.
  3.  A sample query letter for the manuscript you are submitting with your application.
  4. Pitches for two additional completed picture books.

 Attached to the email:

  1.  The full text of one picture book manuscript, attached as a Word document

Eligibility for Diversity scholarships:

Any picture book writer/illustrator from any country in the world with Ethnic, Cultural, and/or other backgrounds underrepresented in the canon of children’s picture book literature (Native American, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Middle Eastern or Muslim, Pacific Islander, Special Needs). Applicants must be over the age of 18, unpublished, and should not have agent representation.

The picture book manuscript must be an original work written in English containing no more than 1000 words. Back matter may be submitted with your manuscript, but is not included in the word count. Please specify the intended age range for manuscript (i.e. 0-4, 4-8, etc.). The manuscript may not be under contract.

 Guidelines:

All applications will be accepted via email only between November 1, 2019 – December 2, 2019 at kelli@juliehedlund.com and the following must be included in the body of the email:

  1.  An autobiographical statement and career summary in 250 words or fewer
  2. A short statement describing why your work will bring an underrepresented voice to children’s picture books in 250 words or fewer
  3. A sample query letter for the manuscript you are submitting with your application
  4. Pitches for two additional completed picture books.

Attached to the email:

  1. The full text of one picture book manuscript, attached as a Word document

Costantia Manoli-Rumfitt"In January 2019 I was fortunate enough to be one of the 12 x 12 Diversity Scholarship recipients. By the end of June 2019, I had signed with one of 12 x 12’s June agents. I am now one of those people with ‘secret news’ and I am absolutely bursting at the seams to talk about it! There’s no two ways about it, the Diversity Scholarship propelled me into the direction of my dreams, and I am utterly delighted and so very grateful.

Thank you 12 x 12!"

- Costantia Manoli-Rumfitt, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Michelle Sumovich"12 x 12 is an excellent resource for unlocking the mysteries of picture book craft and the business of publishing. I’m grateful for the informative webinars and a community of determined writers who are quick to share knowledge, experience, and support. Thank you, 12 x 12!"

-Michelle Sumovich, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Urania Smith"12 x 12 is more than a picture book writing challenge. It's a community of support. From the webinars to the forum to the Facebook group, the knowledge you gain in 12 x 12 is immeasurable. Every manuscript that I have on submission started as a 12 x 12 draft and being a part of this community has allowed me to stay motivated as I go through the process."

- Urania Smith, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Sara Ackerman"Having the opportunity to participate in 12 x 12 as a scholarship recipient has pushed me to get my manuscripts polished and submit to agents through the Gold member submission opportunities. It's because of the 12 x 12 forum that I met other writers who live near me and their feedback during our in-person meetings has pushed me in my revisions. Finally, the support and expertise offered by other writers in the Facebook group has been generous and invaluable."

-Sara Ackerman, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Linda Hofke"Some writing sites offer info and resources. Others have an interactive message board or market leads or critique opportunities. But 12 x 12 is like 'one stop shopping.' It's got them all and more...I highly recommend it for all picture book writers, regardless of where you are in your writing journey...what I liked most about 12 x 12 is the knowledgeable and supportive writing community. Now, I can't imagine NOT being in 12 x 12.

Thanks so much 12 x 12! I am looking forward to the challenge again next year. "

- Linda Hofke, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Winners will be announced on the 12 x 12 blog on January 1, 2020!

If you’d like to be notified when 12 x 12 registration opens for 2020, add your email to our notification list HERE.

WINNER'S WALL

That’s 1,000s of picture book drafts people! Thank you for joining me on this crazy journey!

TESTIMONIALS

Read what just a few of the 1,000+ picture book writers who’ve joined 12 x 12 have to say…

PUBLISHED

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