Indigo: Editing, Design, and More offers annual scholarship opportunities to authors and students from marginalized populations that are underrepresented in the publishing industry.
Indigo believes it is crucial to support BIPOC, disabled, and people from other marginalized populations in publishing books and pursuing careers in publishing so the industry can better represent those voices among authors, editors, designers, publicists, illustrators, audiobook narrators and producers, and readers.
Author Diversity Scholarship
Congratulations to Jessica Mehta on being awarded the 2022 Indigo Author Diversity Scholarship! Read more about her project here.
The author scholarship recipient receives $1,000 in Indigo services to help them create a book that will inspire positive change in publishing and the world. Applications for the 2023 award are now open.
To apply: Write an essay of up to 1,000 words about how your demographic is underrepresented in the publishing industry. What effect has that underrepresentation had on you personally and on others in your community? How does your book amplify marginalized voices and improve the book world? How would this scholarship help you reach your audience better? Also include a synopsis/summary and a five-page sample from your book. Submit all materials to email@example.com by July 15, 2023. Winner will be announced in August.
Student Diversity Scholarship
Congratulations to Yomari Lobo, Cecelia Too, and Claire Curry on being awarded the 2022–2023 Ooligan Diversity Scholarship, founded by Indigo! Read more about them here, here, and here.
Student scholarship recipients receive the Ooligan Diversity Scholarship, which provides $1,000 toward tuition and fees to attend Ooligan Press/PSU’s Master in Publishing program as well as a mentorship opportunity with Indigo’s founder, Ali Shaw.
Applications for 2023 scholarship are now open. Applications are due by April 28, 2023. Submit your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. The award recipient will be notified in early May.
To apply: If you’re an incoming Ooligan student and are interested in applying for the Diversity Scholarship, the essay question is: Write an essay of up to 1,000 words about how your demographic is underrepresented in the publishing industry. What effect has that underrepresentation had on you personally and on others in your community? How do you hope to contribute to publishing diverse voices to improve the book world?
Indigo: Editing, Design, and More’s mission is to improve the book world. To do this, we not only provide expert services to authors, small presses, and large publishers, but we also advocate for thriving independent bookstore commerce and greater inclusion and diversity in the publishing industry. These scholarships recur on an annual basis. Sign up for our newsletter to receive news about application periods.