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by Brenda Scott Royce 

The 2021 Sue Alexander Grant contest opens today, offering one SCBWI-L.A. writer a guaranteed spot and free tuition to the Working Writers Retreat (to be held virtually this year on October 9). Winning a golden ticket to this always popular event is not the only reason to enter. Since COVID-19 sidelined last year’s event, 2020 winner Nicholas Ponticello will be among the attendees at the 2021 virtual retreat. But winning the prestigious prize has already impacted his career:

“Winning the 2020 Sue Alexander Grant helped me catch the eye of my wonderful agent, and now the manuscript is out on submission under the new title What If I Did?,” Nicholas says.

“I am grateful to SCBWI-L.A. for taking a chance on a story about a boy with OCD in residential treatment. I hope it helps to bring awareness to a commonly misunderstood disorder.”

So, what are you waiting for?  Submissions for this year’s award will be accepted from April 30 through June 11, 2021. For eligibility requirements and specific entry instructions, please refer to the SCBWI-L.A. website Sue Alexander Grant page. Best of luck to all applicants!

Author Sue Alexander was a founding member of SCBWI and was instrumental in the formation of the L.A. region. Her clear vision of the need for an organization to support children’s literature made her a vital force in establishing the early structure of SCBWI and growing it into the international society we enjoy today. For 35 years, she mentored writers, illustrators, librarians, and teachers — always nurturing, but setting the highest standards for the craft. Established in her memory, this grant brings her encouraging spirit to one promising writer.

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Photos provided by the authors. Title image by Alexandre Godreau on Unsplash.