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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Check out the LA18 Summer Conference Schedule

Registration for the Los Angeles Summer Conference opens on Tuesday, April 17. Click below to register for this year's workshops, keynotes, intensives, and more!

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SCBWI Remembers Jean Marzollo

The SCBWI is saddened to report the passing of the talented and prolific children’s book author Jean Marzollo. As an author she wrote nearly 150 books, and became best known for her I Spy series.

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Remembering Russell Freedman

October 11, 1929–March 16, 2018. The SCBWI is saddened to report the passing of Russell Freedman, one of America’s most honored writers of nonfiction books for young readers.

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An interview with Jane Yolen about the award she created for SCBWI members

Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over 365 books including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. Her works have won an assortment of awards...

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An interview with Karen Cushman about the Late Bloomer Award

Karen Cushman lives, works, and procrastinates on misty green Vashon Island near Seattle. She has published nine books since she started writing at age fifty, including the Newbery Award winner The Midwife’s Apprentice...

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SCBWI Books For Readers Returns

SCBWI’s member-driven literacy initiative, Books For Readers, returns in 2018. SCBWI Books For Readers collects PAL/traditionally published donated books written and illustrated by SCBWI members and distributes them to organizations or causes that can use a library full of books...

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Early Registration Now Open for Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference

Thursday, March 14 is the last day of Early Bird Registration for the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference, a program dedicated to assisting and inspiring writers and illustrators of color.

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SOME NUMBERS ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SCBWI

First of all, I’d like to commend the #KidLitWomen for taking the month of March to participate in bold and honest conversations about the role of women in our industry. The fact that women are so prominent in our field yet are not getting their due of power...

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Happy Birthday, March Books!

Congratulations to all SCBWI members with books coming out this month. Click below to browse the March titles today.

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SCBWI announces 2017 Emerging Voices winners

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators proudly announces Anuradha D. Rajurkar and Lakita Wilson as the winners of the 2017 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award.

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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.