Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

RA Scholarship

RA Scholarship for JambaLAya Kidlit Conference and Big Chill Retreat

The scholarship includes:

For JambaLAya Kidlit, registration and lunch and a travel stipend (to be determined by distance traveled).

For the Big Chill Retreat, lodging, meals and one manuscript review post-retreat.


Any writer or illustrator from a diverse or marginalized background as defined in the Diversity Statement below.

The writer or illustrator must be a current resident of Louisiana or Mississippi. This includes any student enrolled at a Louisiana or Mississippi college or university.

The Co-Regional Advisors have sole discretion as to when or whether such scholarship recipients will be chosen in any given year. The Co-RAs will be considering any candidates they deem worthy of the scholarship on a year-round basis. However, potential candidates may also apply for such consideration. Any member may also nominate a writer or illustrator.

The writer or illustrator candidate must be over 18, be unpublished (self-published is not considered published for this scholarship), and should not yet have representation by an agent. The candidate need not be a current member of SCBWI. However, preference may be given to members.

Guidelines + Email Info: 

All applications OR nominations will be accepted via e-mail year round at and must include the following:

In the reference line: RA SCHOLARSHIP

In the body of the e-mail:

1. An autobiographical statement and career summary in less than 250 words.

2. Why your work will bring forward an underrepresented voice in less than 250 words.

The Regional Team has the discretion to determine (depending upon the time frame) for which conference the scholarship will be given.

Diversity Statement

SCBWI-Louisiana/Mississippi embraces all voices and unites in the common cause of fostering a world where all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. Our region adopts the definition of diversity used by the We Need Diverse Books movement:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.