SCBWI membership

SCBWI connects you to the global children’s book community. We provide access to resources, workshops, special events, conferences, awards and grants, and networking opportunities. SCBWI offers support, guidance, and community, as well as platforms to showcase your work, gain recognition, and boost book sales.

99.00 USD

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Premium Membership

One-off payment
Start your journey with SCBWI. Purchase to enjoy all membership benefits for first year.
50.00 USD

Artwork by: Sudesna Samanta

Premium Membership for Developing Nations

Purchase to enjoy all membership benefits for a year with the special Developing Nations discount, then pay an annual fee of $50.
25.00 USD

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Premium Membership for Students

One-off payment
Purchase to enjoy all membership benefits for a year at the student discount rate. Annual student membership fee is $25. You must have proof of current enrolment to qualify.

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SCBWI Free Preview Plan

Free sneak peek
As a registered preview plan user, get limited access to profile functionality, resources, and community events.
80.00 USD

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Premium Membership Extension With Auto-renew

Buy now to enjoy all membership benefits for one year at a discounted price of $5, renews automatically annually.
85.00 USD

Artwork by: Sudesna Samanta

SCBWI Premium Membership Standard Extension

One-off payment
Extend your SCBWI Premium Membership to continue to enjoy all membership benefits for one additional year.

Membership RENEWAL Pricing

Must be 18 or older to join SCBWI. We do not offer memberships for anyone under the age of 18.

  • One-time renewal fee - renewing membership one year at a time:  $85.00 USD
  • Auto-renewal fee – membership renews automatically annually: $80.00 USD
  • Student renewal fee with current student ID or transcript: $25.00 USD
  • Developing Nations annual renewal fee: $50.00 USD

Membership benefits

Professional Development

Get feedback about career-launching portfolios from industry professionals.

Awards & Grants

Support opportunities as you grow in your craft

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.

Premium Membership or Preview Plan – What’s the Difference

All paying members are Premium members and receive full, exclusive access to all SCBWI content. Premium member profiles display banners indicating their membership category:

  • Associate (pre-published, seeking first-time publication),
  • Full (self-published or published outside of children’s books), or
  • PAL (the member’s work has been published by a traditional publisher of books or magazines).

All Premium members qualify for discounted registration rates for conferences, events, and other activities, including hundreds of programs hosted by SCBWI’s global network of regions. Premium members also have exclusive access to membership discounts, awards and grants, useful resources, and promotional opportunities.

Premium Membership Rates:

  • First-time Premium members join at the $99.00 USD price, and then you may renew annually at a one-time renewal price or at the auto-renewal price.
  • Post-secondary students 18 years and older may join or renew at the $25.00 USD price. Proof of current undergraduate or graduate-level enrollment must be presented during signup or renewal. Upload a scanned copy of your student ID or current transcript when you register
  • Residents of Least Developed Countries (the new title for Developing Nations) may join and renew at the $50.00 USD level. This United Nations list defines these locations.

Preview User Plan

Website users who register on but do not purchase an annual membership have limited access to public content only, meaning our podcast, our YouTube channel, select events, and our blog. Get a free sneak peek of all that the SCBWI community has to offer.

Must be 18 or older to be a premium member or preview user.

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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.