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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SCBWI Announces 2018 Magazine Merit Awards

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Merit Plaques and Honor Certificates for fiction, nonfiction, illustration, and poetry.

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Submissions Open for Narrative Art Award

Submit a sequence of three illustrations for this year's Narrative Art Award.

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SCBWI Wishes Happy Birthday to September Book Releases

Browse our monthly gallery of new releases from SCBWI authors and illustrators.

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SCBWI BookStop Returns Next Month

One of SCBWI’s most popular member promotional opportunities is back again. SCBWI BookStop will be online and available to book lovers and buyers everywhere. Here’s how it works...

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SCBWI announces 2018 Crystal Kite Awards

Given to fifteen books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature, the Crystal Kites Awards are peer-selected, voted on by SCBWI members from local regions. Congratulations to our wonderful 2018 winners!

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Happy Birthday, August Books!

Congratulations to all SCBWI members who will be releasing a new book this month! Browse the August debuts by clicking below.

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SCBWI presents the Happy Book Birthdays of July

Browse the July Happy Book Birthday gallery by clicking below.

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SCBWI remembers Richard Peck

The SCBWI is saddened to report the passing of Richard Peck. He was 84 and had been battling cancer. Mr. Peck was one of the giants of contemporary children’s literature...

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SCBWI presents June Happy Book Birthdays

Check out the Happy Book Birthdays coming out this June!

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Submissions open for Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award

LBYR is accepting submissions for the Emerging Artist Award through May 15.

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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.