Indigo Scholarships

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Indigo: Editing, Design, and More is offering scholarship opportunities to an author and a student 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 Scholarship

The author scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 in Indigo services, which can be applied toward either one $1,000 service, such as a Reader’s Response, or as a credit toward services totaling a different amount. Applications for the 2021 award are open now.

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 15, 2021. Winner will be announced in August.

Student Scholarship

The student recipient will 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. The 2021–2022 scholarship winner is Sariah Emmanuel, an inspiring leader among her peers who cohosts the Booked Solid podcast to feature new books by authors of color. Read her winning essay here.

Applications for the 2022 award will open in spring 2022. Check here for updates.


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 will recur on an annual basis. Sign up for our newsletter to receive news about application periods.