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Monday, July 3, 2023

Walter Grant by We Need Diverse Books

What would it take to get you to the next phase of your writing or illustrating dream? A computer? A class? A conference? Something else? We Need Diverse Books and the Walter Grant offer an opportunity to help you take a step forward.   

Take a glimpse at some of the awesome books created and/or contributed to by previous Walter Grant winners: 

We Need Diverse Books extended the deadline to apply for the 2023 Walter Grant to July 10, 2023. If you miss the deadline, read on to get an early start for next year. 

From the We Need Diverse Books website: 

"The Walter Dean Myers Grant program was established to provide grants of $2,000 each to promising diverse writers and illustrators who are currently unpublished. Since 2015, we have awarded 45 grants. Current and former grantees have gone on to publish or contract over 50 books for children and teens."

2015 winner, Angie Thomas, used her award to buy a computer. She went on to write the New York Times Bestseller The Hate U Give and other award winning books. Read more about previous winners in this article by 
Andrea Ruggirello.  

Requirements when applying - you'll include:

  • a brief statement (200 words) about how you will use your grant money to further your writing career. 
  • a 200-word summary of the work you're submitting.
  • 1 500-word essay about how diversity impacts your writing and/or illustrating career. 
  • a 2,500-word excerpt of your work (in the genre in which you are applying) or 4 to 6 illustration samples  

Read here to learn details about submission guidelines, application process, and eligibility details. 

Where to apply:  Right on the webpage - read and scroll down to complete. There's a list of FAQs at the bottom of the webpage: We Need Diverse Books Walter Grant 

Direct any questions to waltergrant@diversebooks.org


P.S. Who is "We Need Diverse Books"? 
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

Details here.


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