A decade ago, we created Sirens as a space to support and discuss the remarkable, diverse women of fantasy literature. As past Sirens attendees know, critical to that mission is including and amplifying a wide array of voices in our community.
Community Scholarship Fundraising
We are accepting scholarship donations through November 30, 2020. Then, we will be accepting applications for these scholarships in 2021.
Can you help us reach our goal of including more voices in Sirens?
Thank you to every donor who makes these scholarships possible!
You can donate any amount to these scholarships, and if you choose to donate—no matter the amount—we will feature you, under your chosen name or anonymously, on our website and in our 2021 conference program book. More importantly, our Sirens team and our community will be grateful for your commitment both to those who might not otherwise be able to attend Sirens and to the inclusiveness of our community.
Why Offer Scholarships?
Sirens is an in-person conference, and attendance requires funds—which means that not everyone who wishes to join us is able to do so. Their absence makes both our conference and our community less vibrant, less diverse, and less inclusive.
While Sirens could fund these scholarships itself, doing so would require that we raise registration prices for everyone. As that would make it impossible for even more people to attend Sirens, we instead raise scholarship funds from those in the Sirens community who are able to provide a bit more support. Fortunately, the Sirens community has been tremendously generous in helping others find the means necessary to attend.
Types of Scholarships
We’re hoping to receive enough funds to cover the following proposed scholarships, designed to serve a number of potential attendees. But in the event that we don’t reach that goal, we will fund scholarships in the following order:
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Black and, Indigenous people, and people of color, live in a world that often tells them that they don’t belong or that their voices don’t matter, particularly in speculative spaces. One way to support including these individuals at Sirens and amplifying their voices is to provide scholarships specifically for them. Sirens hopes to provide three Sirens registrations and round-trip Sirens Shuttle tickets in order to help Black and Indigenous people, and people of color, attend Sirens. These scholarships will be awarded to applicants by random selection.
Every voice at Sirens is vital to the vibrancy, diversity, and inclusiveness of our conversations, and we always appreciate the skill, talent, and expertise that our accepted programming presenters have volunteered to share with our community. This year, Sirens hopes to award three people who submit exemplary programming proposals (in the spring of 2021) with a Sirens registration and round-trip Sirens Shuttle ticket. (Selected presentations with co-presenters who have opted in for scholarship eligibility may share the funds across selected presenters.) These are merit-based scholarships, based on presentation summaries and abstracts only, and will be selected by a committee. Please note that if you’ve received a programming scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year (though your co-presenters may be) and that proposals submitted in the spring of 2020 are not eligible for our 2021 scholarships.
People sometimes say that money makes the world go ’round; we’d like to counter with the idea that generosity makes the world go ’round. Not all individuals who wish to attend Sirens can afford to do so, and you can help make Sirens a possibility for those who can’t. Sirens would like to award three recipients with a Sirens registration and round-trip Sirens Shuttle ticket, in the hopes that this will enable them to attend Sirens in the fall. These scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants by random selection. Please note that if you’ve received a financial hardship scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year.
Librarians, educators, and publishing professionals provide exceptional services to book-loving communities—and are, especially at the beginning of their careers or when working for underserved populations, often paid poorly for their efforts. Therefore, we would like to raise funds to provide a Sirens registration and round-trip Sirens Shuttle ticket to one librarian, one educator, and one publishing professional (including agents and booksellers). Their work—and their voices—are critically important to our conversations. These scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants by random selection. Please note that if you’ve received a professionals scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year.
As Sirens operates under the auspices of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are eligible for tax deduction within the United States. Sirens staff are not eligible for scholarships (and, in fact, purchase their Sirens registrations and tickets like any other attendee). Any leftover or unclaimed funds will be considered donations to Sirens. If you have any questions or concerns, please write us at (donate at sirensconference.org).