With the passing of Liz Goulet Dubois, a bright light went out in the children’s literature community on August 14, 2022. Not only was Liz a talented writer and Illustrator. She was also beloved by anyone who had the great fortune to know her.
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard people praise Liz behind her back. People referred to her as intelligent, talented, unfailingly kind, and wise. She had incredible depth and was so intuitive about the world and its people; she knew what was important. For all these reasons and more, she was a phenomenal wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
In the weeks following her passing, we have heard from several people that “Liz was the first person I spoke with at SCBWI!” That’s because Liz would seek out the new people, those nervously scanning the room for someone to talk with. She’d saunter over, introduce herself, and ask them about themselves and their work. And she cared about the answer. She always wanted to uplift people. Liz was full of so much joy.
In keeping with this and wanting to hold on to all of this wonderful Liz — goodness and multiply it in the world, we have launched a scholarship that will provide full tuition for the SCBWI New England conference. Eligible creators will be up-and-coming (unpublished) Author/Illustrators (both) who wish to create for our very youngest readers. Just as Liz did so magnificently.
It is with a heavy heart that we come to terms with the fact that Liz will never create for these young readers again. She had such a rare gift. But it heartens us to know that recipients of the scholarship will be assisted in stepping into this incredible world of creating for children. That each of them will launch work that elicits wide eyes and big grins and hearty belly giggles. For every child should know this joy while reading a book.
The SCBWI New England Conference is held each spring. The call to entrants will go out in early January. Primary judges will be Liz’s mom, Liz’s three daughters, and her husband. Secondary judges will be Liz’s dear friends, Jenny Bagdigian and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Winners will be chosen in late February. At the conference, there will be a small ceremony where the scholarship will be presented and the winner and Liz will each be recognized.
SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is an international professional organization for individuals who write, illustrate, and translate for children and young adults.
Thank you so much for your time. As you go forth into the world, remember to smile at a stranger. Approach someone who seems lonely. Really listen. And strive for magnificence but not perfection. And take chances creatively — go for it! You have nothing to lose by trying. This is how we can best honor Liz and her legacy.
If you would like to donate to the Liz Goulet Dubois scholarship, please send a check to the address below or use PayPal:
The Liz Goulet Dubois Scholarship Fund
P.O. box 276
South Yarmouth, MA 02664-0276
To avoid fees and maximize your gift, use PayPal’s “Send money” option to send funds to LizGouletDuboisScholarship@gmail.com.
Application information will be added in early January.