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 Winner of Ann Whitford Paul Grant

One winner and two honorable mentions were selected from a pool of over 500 picture book manuscripts.

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SCBWI Enhances Golden Kite Awards with Cash Prizes

These added awards are in further recognition of the high quality of the full range of children’s books written and illustrated by SCBWI members.

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Browse New Releases with May Happy Book Birthdays

35 SCBWI members celebrate their book birthdays this month. Click below to browse the new titles!

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Matt de la Peña and Christopher Paul Curtis Create SCBWI Scholarships for IPOC Women

Four winners will receive an expense paid trip to one of the two SCBWI conferences, as well as two follow-up mentorship conversations with an industry professional.

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Lee Bennett Hopkins Announces Winner of Poetry Award

Congratulations to Sarah Grace Tuttle, this year's winning poet.

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Debut of SCBWI Spark Gallery

Support indie authors and browse through the SPARK GALLERY.

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$500 to a Books For Readers Organization Recipient

Members, have you nominated an organization for SCBWI’s literacy and book access initiative, Books For Readers? You have through Monday, April 22 to act!

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SCBWI Announces 2018 Emerging Voices Awards

Congratulations to Amira Kunbargi and medina, two excellent writers from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Happy Birthday, April Books!

Click below to browse this month's gallery of books released in April!

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SCBWI Announces Spark Award Winners

Click to read about the winning independently published books from the 2018 Spark season

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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.