SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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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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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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Deliver Remarks at NY19 Golden Kite Gala

Justice Sotomayor is the author of two books for young readers: Turning Pages: My Life Story (Philomel) and The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor (Delacorte). Each attendee at the Golden Kite Gala will receive a signed copy of one of Justice Sotomayor’s books. 

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Browse the December Happy Book Birthdays

Wrap up the year with a wonderful selection of new book releases! Browse the gallery below.

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SCBWI Announces Narrative Art Award Winner

Congratulations to artist BETH MILLS, whose nuanced Nordic-inspired panels won her an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 New York Conference.

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Browse the November Happy Book Birthdays!

35 SCBWI members will celebrate their Book Birthdays this month. Browse through their new releases now!

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NY19 Conference Registration Open

Sign up today for the New York 2019 Winter Conference! Spaces are limited.

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SCBWI BookStop Goes Live

One of SCBWI’s most popular member promotional opportunities is back again. View the gallery of new releases now!

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Double Winners Announced for Cushman Late Bloomer Award

Karen and Philip Cushman reveal their choices for the 2018 Late Bloomer Award.

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Great Member Incentives for SCBWI BookStop Users

SCBWI BookStop gives you a chance to get some added fun while you present your page or visit many of the wonderful independently and traditionally published books. Here’s how you can enter the incentives.

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SCBWI Announces Work-in-Progress and Don Freeman Winners

SCBWI congratulates the winners of the 2018 Work-In-Progress Grants in the categories of Picture Book Text, Chapter Books/Early Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Multicultural Fiction or Nonfiction.

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Happy Birthday, October New Releases!

Browse through the October new releases from SCBWI authors and illustrators!

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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.

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.