The Scholarship was set up in the memory of SCBWI volunteer Margaret Carey, a talented writer and illustrator who was a UV 2008 winner, and who in 2010 won the inaugural SCBWI BI Outstanding Contribution Award. The Scholarship helps to fund a place at the SCBWI BI annual conference for a fiction writer and an illustrator or picturebook author.
We were all fizzing with excitement when Katrina, our lovely Words & Pictures joint features editor, told us she'd won the scholarship. Katrina lives in a small village in South East England with her husband, three daughters and a manic depressive hamster.
Less than a month later there was more amazing news for Katrina…
“I found out that I had made it onto the longlist for Undiscovered Voices. Again, I was in complete shock! I had to keep re-reading the email to make sure I hadn't misread it! I am still a bit in shock to be honest to be in such amazing company, so fingers crossed for everyone on the longlist. I wish we could all make it into the anthology!!"
Now let's drink a toast for Clare Welsh whose picture book impressed the judges of the Scholarship. And since attending the conference led to Clare joining the Words & Pictures team, we are extra excited she won!
Clare would love to say that becoming a writer has been a life-long ambition. Although the words of her infant school teacher, Mrs Marshall, "Never stop writing stories", have permeated her thoughts every now and again, her ambition, in fact, was to become an early years teacher, in which she succeeded in 2008. In February 2013 she became a member of SCBWI.
Good luck to everyone on the UV longlist!
A little bird told me the results are out next week... And here are a few words from some of the excited UV longlisters…
Please join me in saying a huge congratulations to Katrina and Clare and all those on the UV longlist... fingers crossed everyone and we’ll definitely be cracking open more bubbly next week!
Tania Tay is an ex-advertising copywriter and has been published in Sable LitMag. She is currently writing a YA romantic thriller, and is on the editorial team at Words & Pictures.