Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 26, 2020

SCBWI Opportunity: A. Orr Fanasty Grant

A. Orr Fantasy Grant

SCBWI is pleased to announce the A. Orr Grant, a new award for middle grade fantasy and science fiction authors. Sponsor Michele Orr, through her foundation Voice Garden, has been a member of SCBWI for several years and when her sister Alice Orr Sprague passed last year from a short struggle with cancer, Michele wanted to honor her memory. Alice, under the name A. Orr, wrote two fantasy novels, The World In Amber and In the Ice King’s Palace, published by Bluejay Books in 1986 and 1987.  It is Michele’s honor and joy to create this award in remembrance of her sister.  

Award: The winner of the A. Orr Grant will receive tuition to the Los Angeles Summer Conference (beginning in 2020), a manuscript consultation at the conference, and $300 cash.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted February 17, 2020 through March 20, 2020. The winner will be announced in May.


1. You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced in May 2020.

2. You may not have any works published, or under contract, with a traditional publishing house. Pre-published and self-published authors are eligible.

3. Each member may submit only one manuscript to the A. Orr Grant each year.

4.) Applicants should submit a completed novel for middle grade or young adult readers, in the speculative fiction genre. The speculative fiction umbrella covers high fantasy as well as sci-fi, magical realism, fabulism, folklore, horror, alternate history, and other related categories.

Picture books will not be accepted for this award.

Submission Guidelines:


1. Please submit your application via email ONLY. Please include all info as ONE PDF ATTACHMENT.  We will NOT accept a Word Document.


A cover page that contains:

Your name

Manuscript Title

A double-spaced synopsis, max 250 words

2. The first 10 pages (US letter size) of your completed manuscript with page numbers in the bottom corner. You must have a complete draft to submit. Please include your name (First_Last) in the upper corner of your 10 pages.

Your manuscript sample must be double-spaced and cannot exceed 10 pages. WE DO NOT NEED A SEPARATE TITLE PAGE. YOUR COVER PAGE DOUBLES AS A TITLE PAGE. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman or Arial font. Your submission with total 11 pages: Cover page + 10 mansucript pages.

3. Please label your PDF as First Name_Last Name (example: Mary_Ford)

4. E-mail your completed application to:

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