Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the Winter Doldrums




For the fourth year in row, Shutta is renewing her offer to pay the full early-bird registration fee for a Michigan SCBWI member to attend. The qualifying rules/application are below. (Deadline to apply: midnight, December 31, 2013.)These will also be posted on the MichKids website.

The conference is Feb. 21-23, 2014 and registration does not open until mid-October. See the national SCBWI site at: for details. But start getting your chicks in line, now, to apply. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!

Kelly Barson, last year’s winner said: “Ever since I joined SCBWI, I’ve wanted to attend a national conference. The timing seemed perfect for 2012, but my bank account disagreed. Shutta’s generous scholarship made my dream trip a reality.”

Any questions, feel free to contact Shutta Crum,or Michigan’s coResident Advisor, Leslie Helakoski at

leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com .

NOTE:  Applications are to be emailed to Leslie Helakoski NOT Shutta!

The Mi-SCBWI Annual Winter Conference Shutta Crum Scholarship Application

(Michigan members only.)

This scholarship will fund one Michigan SCBWI member’s tuition (full early-bird registration fee only) for attendance at the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York, NY. Dates: February 21-23, 2014. (Info: .)

Applicant must:

–have been an SCBWI-MI member for a minimum of three years.

–have not had more than two books published by a publisher-member of the Children’s Book Council.

–not have attended a National SCBWI conference in either LA or New York in any previous year. (A former RA attending a national conference in his/her capacity as an RA is excepted.)

–submit the necessary form/information via email to Leslie Helakoski at: leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com .

 No later than MIDNIGHT, December 31, 2013.

–not currently be a member of SCBWI-Mi Chapter Advisory or a Non-Advisory Committee

The winning applicant will:

–be chosen at random by an appointed member of the SCBWI-MI AdCom from all qualifying applicants on or after December 31, 2013.

–be notified no later than January 4, 2014 BY PHONE.  (Please include your phone number!). If the winner is unreachable by telephone (have your phone turned on that day), the winner will be notified by email and must respond to that email within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.

–be mailed a check for reimbursement of the registration fee (Not to exceed the cost of the early-bird registration fee.), once the winner can supply proof of his/her registration.

–be responsible for notifying SCBWI-Mi coRegional Advisors in a timely manner if he/she cannot, in fact, attend. In such case, the winning applicant hereby states that he/she will refund to the organization any monies he/she was awarded.

–(NOTE: if time allows, a replacement scholarship awardee will be chosen at random from the qualifying applicants.)

To apply, all the information below must be provided in an email to Leslie Helakoski at :  leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com . (Feel free to copy and paste this form.) Failure to include any said information will result in disqualification.



PHONE: _____________________________________________________________

EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________

I have read and agree to the above criteria. I believe I qualify for consideration for the Mi-SCBWI Annual Winter Conference Shutta Crum Scholarship for 2014. By signing this email, I acknowledge that I will register in a timely fashion should I be awarded the scholarship.

Signature: ______________________________________

Date: ______________________

5 Responses »

  1. I just renewed my membership for the third year. Does that count? Or will I have to wait until next November’s contest? At that point I will be entering my fourth year as a member. I’m just making sure I don’t miss if there’s a chance to be the winner of this generous offer! ;-)

    • Lisa: The way we have it set up is that you “must have been” a member for three years. So, I’m sorry. You’ll have to wait until the end of this year if you are just now renewing for your third year. However, I am planning to continue with the scholarship for as long as I can. Hugs, S.

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