Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Nita Buckley Scholarship


Nita Buckley was SCBWI Oklahoma’s oldest member. At age 97, she rarely missed a monthly meeting or conference. The weekend she died, in October of 2012, she was emailing to find a ride to a meeting in Tulsa. In memory of our friend, who felt tremendous joy in learning and improving her writing, we have establishing the Nita Buckley Scholarship Fund.



The money value of each scholarship will be determined by funds collected. The goal is to send a member to the SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

Donations may be made by check to:

Oklahoma SCBWI

1205 S. Air Depot, #199

Midwest City, OK 73110

(write Nita Buckley Fund on the memo line)

Donations may be made in memory or honor of the person of your choosing. If you choose this option, please include a note with the name of the person you are remembering or honoring, and an address where an acknowledgement card can be sent.


SCBWI Oklahoma will offer a scholarship to cover the conference registration, air fare, and shared room expenses to the SCBWI 2019 Summer Conference in Los Angeles. The scholarship is available for an Oklahoma Region SCBWI member who is not represented by a literary agent and who does not have PAL status.


Contest submission guidelines:

  • Contest entry information must be emailed to the scholarship coordinator, Megan Cox, at Include name, address, submission genre, phone number, and email.



  • $20 entry fee paid through PayPal to, or a check made out to OK SCBWI with a note that it is for the Nita Buckley Scholarship. Mail to 1205 S. Air Depot #199, Midwest City, OK 73110.



  • Five pages of a middle grade or young adult manuscript (double-spaced, 1-inch margins, 12-pt Times New Roman font), OR a PB manuscript of 1,000 words or less.



  • One page detailing how you think a trip to the conference will help you on your writing journey (do not include identifying information—submission material must be anonymous).


Contest judging:

The contest will open for entries October 1, 2018. It will close January 11, 2019. It will be capped at 30 submissions, first come, first served. The contest will be judged by leadership from SCBWI regions outside of Oklahoma. Submissions will be provided to judges with complete anonymity.


The contest winner will be announced at the SCBWI Spring Conference in Tulsa. The winner does not need to be in attendance to win the scholarship. However, if the winner cannot attend the SCBWI 2019 L.A. Summer Conference, then the scholarship will be given to the first runner up.


Please email questions to the scholarship coordinator, Megan Cox, at


Again, the submission deadline for the Nita Buckley is January 11, 2018. However, we will cap the entries to 30. That means that you need to fill out the entry information and pay the entry fee if you are planning to enter. It will be first come, first serve. However, once your entry submission is acknowledged, you have until January 11 to provide us the first five pages or PB manuscript.


Future scholarships will depend on funding.