Guide to Regional Newsletters

LIST OF U.S. REGIONS WITH NEWSLETTERS

 

* indicates that the newsletter is not “embedded” within the SCBWI.org website, in that it is online in the form of a BLOG outside of the SCBWI.org website. All others, whether blogs or electronic newsletters, are found within the SCBWI website. All newsletters can be located by following a link on the regions’ SCBWI page. (This list is not meant to be exhaustive.)

 

California North Central:

ACORN

Contains a regular feature titled “Five Minutes With…” that profiles agents, editors, and other industry professionals.

 

Illinois:

PRAIRIE WIND

This newsletter is chock-full of illustrating & writing tips, interviews of those who’ve successfully published, and A FLY ON THE WALL perspective highlighting SCBWI conferences and events.

 

Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia:

AS THE ERASER BURNS*

This blog regularly highlights writing and illustrating contests that don’t charge fees. It contains conversations with published authors and illustrators, insights from the pros, and monthly posts that stick to themes like revision, structure, illustration, and diversity.

 

Michigan:

THE MITTEN

This blog features profiles of illustrators, writers, and articles on a wide-range of subjects like voice, poetry, tracking submissions, graphic novels, and so much more.

 

Mid-Atlantic (D.C./Virginia):

 HIGHLIGHTER

A beautifully designed newsletter that includes interviews, tips regarding the writing craft, articles about illustrative technique, and reader-responses to interesting questions about the industry.

 

Missouri:

MO SCRIBBLES

This newsletter is beautifully designed and full of articles on a wide-range of topics. It’s also one of the few SCBWI newsletters that still lists markets for children’s book writers and illustrators. For instance, in its latest Marketplace installment there’s a wish list from an editor of a new imprint and from a new agent.

 

Nevada:

WRITE RIDERS

 

New England:

NESCBWI-NEWS

 

New Mexico:

NEWS MESSENGER

 

New York—Metropolitan:

SCBWI METRO NY CHAPTER BLOG*

An informative blog that is easy on the eye and meaty on content. Some of the popular tags include: Agents, Voice, Editors, A Professional Series, Art Directors, Character, and Craft.

 

Oregon:

NEWSWORTHY

 

Pennsylvania East:

EASTERN PENN POINTS

Each post on this blog is written by an industry pro and carries a monthly theme that focus on subjects like the business side of publishing, learning from the silver screen, and how to better educate ourselves with regard to writing and illustrating for children.

 

Pennsylvania West:

WESTERN PA SCBWI

 

Rocky Mountain (Colorado/Wyoming):

KITE TALES

 

Southern Breeze (Alabama/Georgia/FLA Panhandle):

SOUTHERN BREEZE

This beautifully designed newsletter contains page after page of must-reads for seasoned to newbie writers alike with book reviews, interviews and articles on all things writing and illustrating.

 

SOUTHERN BREEZE ILUSTRATORS’ CORNER*

Though this blog seems designed to inform illustrators within its region about SCBWI-related events, the wrap-ups about past events as well as a how-to page about portfolios will be useful to any illustrator of any region.

 

Texas—Austin

Email subscription

 

Texas—Brazos Valley

BVSCATCHPAD

 

Texas—Houston:

SCBWI HOUSTON*

Email subscription, too 

 

Texas—North

SCBWI NORTH TEXAS

 

Utah/Southern Idaho:

THE GATHERING PLACE

(May be defunct; last newsletter was Spring 2015)

 

Western Washington:

CHINOOK UPDATE*

This blog is full of high-powered interviews with agents, editors, authors, illustrators, and more.

 

Wisconsin:

SCBWI WISCONSIN

 

Compiled by Dionna L. Mann, SCBWI Mid-Atlantic member who has learned oodles upon oodles by reading the advice of others in the kidlit field. Thanks to you, SCBWI, and to all the newsletter creators and contributors found in her midst!