Scholarships
Sirens has a mission: to provide a welcoming space for women, nonbinary, and transgender attendees to discuss gender and fantasy literature. As part of that mission, we specifically craft Sirens to include and amplify the many brilliant voices of our attendees. Our greatest hope is that these voices will represent a broad range of perspectives, experiences, and identities.

We raised funds for, and awarded, 16 scholarships in early 2020 for what is now Sirens’s 2021 conference. Given that postponement, however, we saw an opportunity to do more good, so we again raised funds for scholarships, and we will award another 13 in 2021 across four categories of people: those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; presenters who have submitted exemplary programming proposals; those with financial hardships; and librarians, educators, and publishing professionals. These individuals are critical to our conversations, and for a number of reasons, they sometimes find it difficult to attend without additional support.

In 2021, we are again offering the Sabrina Chin “Braver Than You Think” Memorial Scholarships. Sabrina Chin co-chaired Sirens for a number of years before her passing in 2019, and her family has funded these scholarships to help us continue her work with Sirens. These scholarships will provide funds to help cover costs directly related to attending or presenting at Sirens. All Sirens attendees who receive one of our 2021 Sirens scholarships are eligible for these scholarships as well, but in awarding them, we’ll prioritize first-time Sirens attendees and first-time presenters.

Thank you to everyone who helped make these scholarships possible!

If you need assistance to attend Sirens, we hope you’ll consider applying for a scholarship. We designed this program specifically to help additional voices join our conference and our community—and your voice makes Sirens more thoughtful, more vibrant, more interesting, and just plain better. We will accept applications in 2021.

Types of Scholarships

Sirens will award scholarships in 2021 in the following categories:

  • 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. For 2021, Sirens will provide four 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.

  • Programming Presenters
    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. For 2021, Sirens will 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.

  • Financial Hardship
    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. For 2021, Sirens will provide 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.

  • Professionals
    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. For 2021, we will 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.

Presented by Narrate Conferences, Inc.
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