Indigo Scholarships

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 Nora Liu Robinson on being awarded the 2023 Indigo Author Diversity Scholarship! Read more about her project here.

The author scholarship recipient receives $1,200 in Indigo services to help them create a book that will inspire positive change in publishing and the world. Applications for the 2024 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 by July 31, 2024. Winner will be announced in August.

Student Diversity Scholarship

Congratulations to AJ Adler, Ariana Espinoza, and Jessica Pelton on being awarded the 2023–2024 Ooligan Diversity Scholarship, founded by Indigo! 

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 2024—25 scholarship are currently closed. Application window opening soon. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified once submissions are open.


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.