11:59 P.M. - I Got My Scholarship Entry In Just Under the Wire
I wasn't going to enter the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference Scholarship contest because my son's wedding happens to be the weekend before (July 27). I thought it sounded like too much. But, the coordinator for our chapter sent out emails urging members to please send in their entries. She wasn't getting very many.
This very generous author helped start a scholarship in the name of a writer who recently passed away, to help a deserving SCBWI chapter member attend the Aug. conference in L.A. It really is an excellent opportunity for someone.
After she made another pitch for entries at our Tues. night Schmooze (what they call group meetings), I took it to heart.
We needed to write up to 250 words, on prompts she provided, for either a picture book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel.
I picked middle grade. It was so much fun! My main character is a girl from a poor family. Her mama is recently deceased (or very ill, I don't really say), and she wears her old sweater that still smells of her mama's favorite perfume. I wrote a scene in which she's called to the principal's office and learns that she's won a scholarship to an upperclass school.
Now I have to write a synopsis for the book that is the primary reason I want to go to the SCBWI conference in the first place, the one about the Hong Kong boat girl, called Typhoon Jenny. There's a work-in-progress grant I'm applying for. Deadline? March 30. I'd better get to work. I'm submitting 2,400 words and the synopsis.
If any of you love writing for children, or have always wanted to, I highly recommend joining SCBWI. It's a great place to start.