Three scholarships, the Vivian Grey Scholarship Award, the Paula Danziger Scholarship Award and the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award, are available to promising writers and illustrators who could not otherwise afford to attend the One-on-One Plus Conference.

Vivian Grey Scholarship Award

Named in honor of RUCCL founder and longtime council chair Vivian Grey, who was an author, teacher and advocate for children's literature.

Paula Danziger Scholarship Award

Named in honor of celebrated author Paula Danziger, who was a frequent mentor and speaker at the One-on-One Plus Conference, and a good friend to many of us.

Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award

Sponsored by Adams Literary

Named in honor of Dorothy Markinko, a dedicated member of the Council for over 25 years, who was one of the first literary agents to specialize in representing children's book authors and artists. Ms. Markinko was a colleague and, in the spirit of One-on-One, a mentor of agent Tracey Adams. She turned over her place on the Council to Ms. Adams, who went on to found Adams Literary.

About Scholarship Applications

The scholarships are designed for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Applicants may apply either for a scholarship OR via the non-scholarship application method, but not both ways. Scholarship applicants can not have been previously published and the work submitted can not be under contract.

Please note that the scholarships cover the full cost of the conference fee, but that transportation and related expenses are not included. As the scholarships are based on merit as well as need, RUCCL reserves the right not to award one or more of them in any given year.

Scholarship Application Procedure

This year we are asking all scholarship applicants to submit their application materials online only.  Before applying, please read the conference waiver. Then follow the step-by-step instructions below:


Assemble the following items:

  • A sample of your strongest work. See the list on this page for a specific description of what to send.
  • A cover letter that tells us a little about yourself, your writing or illustration background, and why you wish to attend, including indication of financial need. Please include in this letter a 3-5 sentence summary of the work you're submitting.


Complete the online application process. Go to the link below to fill out the online scholarship application form and to upload digital copies of your work sample and cover letter. No matter which age category your manuscript falls in, ALL scholarship applications are submitted via this same link.:

You are now done! Scholarship notification letters will be sent by email in late August.


July 8, 2024

The online application  and materials must be submitted online no later than this date.


Middle Grade, Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Authors:

The first 5 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced (an additional one-page plot synopsis is optional)

Young Adult Authors:

The first 5 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced (an additional one-page plot synopsis is optional)

Picture Book Authors:

A complete manuscript, double-spaced

Illustrators and Author-Illustrators:

5 illustration samples. If you choose, you may also add ONE of the following:
a complete picture book dummy, OR the first 7 pages of a graphic novel dummy

Graphic Novel Authors who are not illustrators:

The first 5 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced (an additional one-page plot synopsis is optional)

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