SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Promotional Opportunities

Promotional Opportunities

Increase your sales and readership. Participate in our many marketing and outreach programs, win grants and awards, and boost your visibility. 

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Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants

Apply for our 52 awards and grants, available for authors, illustrators, pre-published members, and students. Exclusive to SCBWI members.

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Regional Chapters

Regional Chapters

Connect with your local SCBWI community. Attend events such as conferences, retreats, meet-ups, and industry talks.

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Information Resources

Information Resources

Learn the essentials of publishing children's books, improve your craft, and stay current with industry practices.

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Children's Book Community Mourns Andrew Clements

The FRINDLE writer died in Maine at the the age of 70.

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Happy Birthday, December New Releases!

Click here to browse the last Happy Book Birthday gallery of 2019

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SCBWI Announces 2019 Narrative Art Award

The award honors illustrators who show excellence incorporating narrative sequence and storytelling in their work.

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Announcing the Winner of the Sue Alexander Award

This award is selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critiques by editors and agents at the SCBWI Annual Conference in LA.

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Happy Birthday, November New Releases!

Click to discover the wonderful titles debuting this month.

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REMEMBERING DICK JACKSON

Richard “Dick” Jackson, one of the most influential figures in the history of children’s books, has died at his home in Towson, Maryland. He was 84.

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SCBWI’s Third Annual Literacy Initiative Gives Books to Readers in Need

Children’s Book Creators Join Forces to Provide High Quality Books Plus a Literary Celebration for REACH in Norfolk, Virginia!

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Announcing Winners of the Work-in-Progress and Don Freeman Grants

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Work-in-Progress Grants and Don Freeman Illustration Grants!

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Happy Birthday, October Books!

Click below to browse the October gallery of new releases from SCBWI members.

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We Are Saddened to Report the Passing of Lee Bennett Hopkins

The author, mentor, and poet to generations of children passed away this morning in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Spend some time getting to know the industry by reading the Illustrators’ Guide (The Book, pg. 17) and "Putting Together a Prize Winning Portfolio" (pg.25). You should set up a blog as well as a website where you can frequently and easily put up new pieces. If you are an SCBWI member, submit to the SCBWI Bulletin, set up your free portfolio in the Illustrator Gallery, contribute to Draw This!, and enter your work in the SCBWI illustration awards. Once you’ve identified the publishing houses you are interested in, you will typically send postcards to art directors and they will contact you if they want to see more work.

It is not necessary to copyright your work if you are planning on submitting it to a traditional publishing house. The publishing house will file copyright for you if your work is accepted. However, if you are self-publishing a book, you can do it yourself at www.copyright.gov.

The information in “Publicizing Your Published Work” (The Book, pg. 229) is a good place to start. SCBWI also offers many promotional programs such as BookStop, Happy Book Birthday, and the Recommended Reading List. If you are open to school visits, make sure you sign up to appear in the SCBWI Speaker’s Bureau through your member profile.

If you plan to traditionally publish a book, you shouldn’t look for an illustrator on your own. In the event that a publishing house acquires your book, the publishers will match your text with an illustrator of their choice. Focus on sending agents and editors an excellent manuscript. If you are preparing to self-publish a picture book then you probably will need to find an illustrator, and you can find tips in “Hiring an Illustrator for Your Self-Published Picture Book” (The Book, pg. 51). Browse the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery to find artists who may work with you.

When preparing to self-publish, you should be prepared to cover all of the editing, illustrating, design, production, storage, and marketing of the book yourself, or hire individuals to do these things for you. “Self-Publishing: Best Practices” (The Book, pg. 45) covers many of the ins and outs of self-publishing, and can help you determine if it's the right course for you.