Although I’ve never won a grant, I’m putting together my application for The Ann Whitford Paul—Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award. Why bother? For several reasons.
Without a doubt, the number one reason is an opportunity to be recognized for what I do. If you’ve written for any length of time, you know that writing is a fairly solitary occupation. It would be nice to have someone say, “Hey, this is good!” And what better way than through a grant. Because that’s recognition that comes with a check to help you . . .
The whole purpose for this grand is to give someone the opportunity to hone a top notch manuscript. Quite often attending conferences, taking classes, and getting critiques takes money. The award for this grant is $1000 and that would be a huge help.
But more important than either of these is that by applying you are naming yourself A Writer. Why else would you apply for a writing grant?
The Ann Whitford Paul-Writer’s Digest Manuscript Award is for a single picture book manuscript. To qualify:
- You must be an SCBWI member.
- The manuscript must be under 1000 words.
- The manuscript cannot be under contract.
- You must not have sold a picture book manuscript in the last five years.
If this sounds like something you would like to enter, submissions are open from February 1, 2021 through April 10, 2020. To find out where to send your work and to review the rules, click through here.
Even if you don’t need the money to work on your craft, you can use it for anything that will help you develop your manuscript. This could include research fees or a new laptop.
A lot of writers talk themselves out of applying for grants or residency programs. Don’t think about why you shouldn’t do it. You’re a writer! This is for writers. Why shouldn’t it be for you?