The first person to join SCBWI over 40 years ago was the late Sue Alexander. The second was Jane Yolen. Yolen is one of the world’s most successful children’s book writers, with over 300 books, numerous awards, six honorary degrees and fans across the globe, yet she has always taken time to serve the SCBWI. In 2012 she took her commitment to SCBWI even further with the creation of a new grant for midlist authors: The Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Grant
According to SCBWI Executive Director Lin Oliver, “Jane Yolen sets the highest standard for our industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. The creation of this grant is a fitting tribute to one of our most talented writers and cherished friends.”
The Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Grant gives $3000 to midlist authors to honor their contribution and help raise awareness about their current works in progress. A winner will receive $2000 and two honor recipients will each receive $500. Jane hopes the grant will help boost the careers of Mid-list authors who have, for whatever reason, not recently sold a book. “In these difficult book times, well-reviewed and honored authors often find themselves stalled in their writing lives and find they are having trouble selling new work. In our attention to up-and-coming authors, we, the reading public, often ignore these mid-list writers who struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft. This small grant is to say: SCBWI honors you, we recognize you, we are paying attention to your work.”
The award is open by nomination only.
Any current SCBWI member can nominate another current member who has published at least two PAL books but has not sold anything for at least two years.
Nominations for the 2013 Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant will be accepted between June 1st and September 1st via the online form that will be on this page starting June 1st.
Once the eligibility of a nominated member is determined, he or she will be invited to apply via email with an application form and instructions.
Applications from nominated members are due by November 1st 2012.
Winners will be announced at the Winter Conference in New York City and be featured on our website, in the bulletin and on our blog.
For more information: Jane Yolen Mid-list Author Grant