Manuscript to Market Scholarship

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

The Gotham “Manuscript-to-Market” 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:

  • Admittance to the Gotham Writers Conference—the panels and presentations as well as a seat at a pitching roundtable with two agents in your genre.

Acceptance is open to all people of color 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.


2020 Winners

Josephine Queen
Sufiya Abdur-Rahman
Makiko Hirata
Janine Kovac