The SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for writers and illustrators of children’s books. We act as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people, from Board Books to Young Adult novels.
Information & Support
The Internet is flooded with information about publishing, much of it inaccurate or linked to predatory publishing companies. We bring you trusted, current information about the field in our online publication THE BOOK and through our bi-monthly Bulletin. In addition, the SCBWI serves an advisory function for its members. We gladly provide advice, information, and counsel via phone or email. The SCBWI prides itself in taking a personal interest in the careers of its professional membership. As a member, you will find support both from headquarters and your local chapter.
When you join we send you a copy of the The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing For Children. As a member, you have access to the online version, which is updated weekly throughout the year. The Book is filled with up-to-the-minute market surveys, information on maximizing social media, creating book trailers, enhancing your career though school visits, best practices in independent publishing, grassroots promotion and much more.
The SCBWI Bulletin is a bi-monthly publication containing comprehensive and current information in the field of children’s literature. In addition to features each month, regular departments include the latest market reports, information on school visits, book reviews, art tips, information on contests and awards, information on the illustration market, news of SCBWI members, and information about ongoing SCBWI activities throughout the world. Two hundred and fifty issues of SCBWI’s bi-monthly Bulletin, representing forty-two years of articles and advice, are now archived and easily searchable.
The SCBWI presents several annual awards to recognize works by SCBWI members that exhibit excellence in writing or illustration, and genuinely appeal to the interests and concerns of children. In addition, the SCBWI provides grants and scholarships to encourage continuing excellence in the creation of children’s literature. Grants are awarded throughout the year and provide financial assistance to members to finish works-in-progress, polish portfolios, attend conferences, market published books and more.
SCBWI is in production on regular thirty to forty-five minute podcasts, with interviews from leaders in our field—from editors and art directors to authors and illustrators. The first podcasts are currently being released, and will be available for free download to SCBWI members. One podcast per month will follow.
Being a writer or illustrator can often be a lonely profession. With the SCBWI you instantly have colleagues around the world to support your career, whatever the stage.
Award-winning authors, esteemed illustrators, editors, agents, and publishers present lectures, conduct workshops, and give individual manuscript and art consultations at SCBWI conferences around the world. These conferences are excellent networking opportunities for those already established in children’s literature, as well as for those new to the fantastic, demanding world of children’s book writing and illustrating.
When you join SCBWI you automatically become a member of your local region. We have over is 80 regions within the United States and throughout the world. Through your local chapter you can meet other writers, attend events and get local support.
SCBWI Members can connect with other authors and illustrators though our Illustrator Gallery, Speaker's Bureau, Bookstore and Discussion Boards.
The key to success is "discoverability." When you are just starting out you want editors, art directors and agents to see your work, once published you want people to find your book so that you can create a fan base. The SCBWI helps you increase your visibility in the market.
SCBWI members with a published book (both traditionally and independently published) can list their book in our online bookstore. For members who are independently published and have sought alternative means of selling books, the online bookstore will meet your needs. For those who are traditionally published and distributed, it will provide one more place where both your in-print and out-of-print work can be discovered.
All members, whether published or pre-published, are eligible to list their blog in our blog roll. Those seeking to reach blogs about children’s books will have a centralized table of contents where they can find your blog. In addition, each month we will select from this listing ten member blogs to feature on our homepage. It’s a huge opportunity to drive traffic to your blog.
All illustrator members can display their portfolios in our online gallery, which is visited by art directors and others looking to hire illustrators. Each month we select an illustrator member to feature. Your art will appear on our homepage and be featured all month on the illustrator gallery page.
Illustrator members are invited to submit spot art to our bulletin to be featured each issue. The Bulletin is seen by our 22,000 members including top industry professionals.
Published members (both traditionally and independently) can be included in the Speaker’s Bureau, a searchable collection of authors and illustrators available for school visits. The Speaker’s Bureau is used by teachers and librarians around the world.
Coming soon, each member will be entitled to a virtual “Book Launch Party" for their newly-published books. The parties offer an opportunity for members to be celebrated by friends, family and fellow authors as well as promote their new books. We will publicize the book launch party date both with our membership and with the community at large, reaching out to publishers, educational institutions and organizations, and the general book buying public. Members have access to attractive, professionally designed templates from us to help you design and build your Launch Party page.