SCBWI membership

SCBWI connects you to the global children's book community. We provide access to resources, workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities. SCBWI also offers support, guidance, and advice, as well as a platform to showcase your work, gain recognition, and boost book sales.

Membership plans

Registered users

Limited Use Plan

Get a sneak peek of the benefits of membership

Access to public content including podcasts and blog

Premium membership

$ 95 / A Year

Opportunities to submit to editors, agents, art directors

Unlimited access to all member content

Student membership

$ 25 / A Year

Unlimited access to all member content

Explore and learn about career-building in children’s publishing

Membership benefits

Professional Development

Get feedback about career-launching portfolios from industry professionals.

Awards & Grants

Expand your knowledge about the current state of children’s publishing.

Marketing and Promotion

Opportunities to promote yourself and your work.

Print and Online Resources

Level up your illustration skills and knowledge for no additional cost.

For Independently Published Authors

Publications and grants to help you publish your book.


Special offers for products and services for members only.

Membership categories

We’re delighted you’ve decided membership with SCBWI is important to your creative journey as a writer, illustrator, or translator. Membership at SCBWI is divided into the following categories:


All paying members are Premium members!

  • First-time Premium members join at the $95 rate, then renew annually at the $80 rate.
  • Student members who join or renew at the $25 level. Proof of current undergraduate or graduate-level enrollment must be presented at the time of signup and renewal.
  • Developing Nations members who join and renew at the $50 level. The United Nations’ list of countries defines these members.
  • All Premium members qualify for the following membership categories: Associate (pre-published, seeking first-time publication), Full (self-published), or PAL (work has been published by a traditional publisher of books or magazines). 
  • All premium members have full access to all SCBWI content.

Registered users

Users of the website who register on and do not purchase annual membership have limited access to public content only, including our podcast, our YouTube channel, and our blog.

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Become a member of the SCBWI community!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators provides the resources, professional networking, and community-building opportunities that support creators throughout their careers.