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Monday, January 25, 2010

Are you thinking of applying for the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grant?

A couple of days ago, I got an email from someone wanting to apply for an SCBWI WIP Grant who had run across my articles from last year:

Part 1: Grants open doors, and
Part 2: Some tips on applying.

She also asked about the application process, and how to format answers (that, I think, would depend on your answers) and how much personal information to put in the Career Summary/Background section.

I'm not sure if the questions are still the same as the year I applied, but I would encourage you to think of these as part query, part personal essay. You want to stand out - not in a gimmicky way, but in a way that shows the heart of your work...and in that sense, the heart of YOU. What was your story inspiration? What would the grant mean to you, to your writing life? Though I would by far spend the most time polishing your story excerpt - whatever you write on the application, your work will stand on it's own.

Good luck, and let me know how it goes!


  1. From the first time I met you, and you shared those special initials with me (S.C.B. What...?), you have been a good friend and a strong mentor. Thank you for all you have done to share your process - yours is a journey to celebrate!

  2. I was just looking over the grants available this weekend. I hope to get it together and apply. I will check back to your posts for help! Thanks!!

  3. Thanks for the tips Holly. The WIP grant application was on my list of things to do this week and it's nice to know there's a helpful voice out there.