Scholarships for Writers of Color

Publish a Book Scholarship—2021

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“The big talent is persistence.” — Octavia E. Butler

The Gotham Publish a Book Scholarship is open to people of color who have completed a book manuscript (or nonfiction book proposal) and are ready to go to market with their book. Three scholarships will be offered every year.

Each scholarship includes:

Acceptance is open to all people of color (age 18 and up) and based solely on the merit of your book project. At least one spot will be rewarded to a Black writer.

Once accepted, Gotham will do a consultation to determine the timing and arrangement of your scholarship.

This scholarship does not guarantee that winners will get a book published, but it does help them get the best possible shot.

Applications will be accepted June 1 – August 15.

Winners will be announced by mid September. All applicants will be notified.

2020 Winners 

Josephine Queen
Sufiya Abdur-Rahman
Makiko Hirata
Janine Kovac


2021 Winners 

Monami Chakrabarti
Priya Jain
Sarah Matsui
Morgan Ross

Josephine Queen

“I’m so grateful for the Gotham Writers Workshop BIPOC Manuscript-to-Market Scholarship. It gave me access to invaluable opportunities: an online class on how to get published helped me refine my query letter; critique on my full manuscript by a literary agent helped bring out the story I needed to tell; a seat at a pitching roundtable at the Gotham Writers Conference directly led to me signing with an agent.”  

Josephine Queen
2020 Manuscript-to-Market Scholarship Winner

“The scholarship gave me access to top-tier writers and agents. Everyone has been so generous in sharing their expertise and insights with me. The creative synergy and mutual support in this community is encouraging and inspiring. I know that my book is now a better book because of this scholarship.”

Makiko Hirata
2020 Manuscript-to-Market Scholarship Winner

Makiko Hirata