Monday, 3 October 2016

Winners of SCBWI's Margaret Carey Scholarship to 2016 Winchester Conference!


We’re delighted to announce this year’s winners of the Margaret Carey Scholarship, awarded in memory of children's writer, illustrator and SCBWI volunteer Margaret Carey. The award is judged on merit and need.


In the Middle Grade/Young Adult fiction category, our winner is RUTH GREARSON for her middle-grade entry Petrel’s Spinacle

“I absolutely loved the writing and was hooked on the story immediately” – Scholarship judge

What winning the Middle Grade/YA Margaret Carey Scholarship means to Ruth:

“It has made my year to win the Margaret Carey Scholarship. There is no way I’d be able to go to the SCBWI conference otherwise. As an unpublished writer just starting out, this is my first conference, and I’ve had that nose-pressed-to-a-sweet-shop feeling, seeing the programme take shape. For everyone who might still feel like that, I’ll be blogging and tweeting about the insights I get, so you can share them too (@ruthgrearson, www.ruthgrearson.com). 

“As children’s writers we want to inspire and encourage our readers. I think it's so important that we inspire and encourage each other too. I can’t wait to soak up everything in Winchester, learn lots, work hard, and honour Margaret’s memory by writing the best stories I can.”

Honorary mentions in this category go to
Ashley Taylor
Allison Friebertshauser

In the Picture Book/Illustrator category, our winner is SARAH UNDERWOOD for her illustrated picture book entry Little Cloud.

What winning the Picture Book/Illustrator Margaret Carey Scholarship means to Sarah:

Winning the Margaret Carey Scholarship is such an honour. I feel unbelievably excited to have been given this opportunity and deeply flattered that the judges saw potential in my work. I have been a member of the wonderful SCBWI group for some years now but have never had the means to attend their conference. I cannot express how wonderful it is to have been given this opportunity and for the gift of their support in pursuing my dreams of becoming a children's book writer and illustrator. I have worked very hard to that end for many years, and am currently studying for my MA in children's book illustration in Cambridge. I am so looking forward to learning as much as I can about developing my work. Getting feedback and the opinions of industry insiders will be amazing.” 

“Little Cloud is very original, with a distinctive, poetic feel to it” – Scholarship judge


Thank you to everyone who entered, and to our six industry-insider anonymous judges.


To those who didn't win, keep writing!



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