Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Membership Benefits


SCBWI members have access to a host of professional development events, marketing and promotional opportunities, online and print resources, and awards and grants. See below for the benefits your SCBWI membership brings you.




Professional Development 


Conferences and Events — From large international conferences to small, intimate retreats, events are a key benefit to SCBWI membership. Award-winning authors, esteemed illustrators, editors, agents, and publishers present lectures, conduct workshops, and give individual manuscript and art consultations at SCBWI events around the world. These gatherings are excellent networking opportunities for those both already established in and new to the fantastic, demanding world of children’s book writing and illustrating.

Networking and Community — Being a writer, illustrator, or translator can be a lonely profession. With SCBWI you’ll have colleagues around the world to support your career, whatever the stage. When you become an SCBWI member you automatically become part of one of eighty-two SCBWI regional chapters worldwide.  Opportunities to network with other members and industry professionals exist at SCBWI regional and national events, or online through our social media platforms and Zoom. 


Marketing and Promotion 


SCBWI membership comes with unique opportunities to market and promote your work. Whether you’re a published author, illustrator, or translator and need people to find your book so you can create a fan base, or you’re just starting out and need editors, art directors, and agents to see your work, SCBWI will help increase your visibility in the market.

Speaker’s Bureau — Traditionally or independently published authors, illustrators, and translators can advertise in our Speaker’s Bureau, an online database used by teachers and librarians to find speakers for school visits.

Illustrator Gallery — Illustrators can feature their online portfolios in our Illustrator Gallery, which is visited by art directors and others looking to hire illustrators. Each month we select an illustrator member to feature.

Featured Illustrator — Illustrators can also submit their art to be considered for the Featured Illustrator, whose art is spotlighted on SCBWI’s main page for one month. Featured illustrators are also interviewed for our YouTube channel and monthly INSIGHT newsletter. Click here to apply. 

Recommended Reading List — Traditionally published authors may opt to have their books listed on SCBWI’s Recommended Reading List, which is distributed to independent bookstores and libraries across the country, as well as conferences such as ALA and NCTE. 

SCBWI BookStop — Published authors, illustrators, and translators can promote their books at our online SCBWI BookStop event. Once a year, from October through November, members are given the opportunity to create a special sales page on the SCBWI website for a newly published book. SCBWI BookStop pages are available online for six weeks. Visitors can browse, purchase, and enjoy learning about you and your book.

SCBWI Book Club — SCBWI will feature PAL members’ books the third Wednesday of each month with a live interview hosted on Instagram. Click here to submit your newly published book. 


Print and Online Resources 


Two Essential Guidebooks — When you become an SCBWI member you have instant access to The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children and The Essential Guide to Self-Publishing a Children’s BookWe update both guides throughout the year so that you always have access to the most up-to-date information in the field. The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children is filled with up-to-the-minute market surveys as well as information on maximizing social media, creating book trailers, enhancing your career through school visits, best practices in independent publishing, grassroots promotion, and much more. The Essential Guide to Self-Publishing a Children’s Book outlines the seven steps of publishing, explores ways to market your book, describes how to work with illustrators and freelance editors, and explains the various self-publishing platforms as well as models for earning a living as a self-publishing children’s book author. Members can also order a hard copy of both books for the cost of printing and shipping.

INSIGHT — SCBWI’s INSIGHT is a monthly digital publication featuring current children’s book news, hot topics, helpful hints, exclusive interviews with industry professionals, and monthly illustration contests. Members receive the SCBWI INSIGHT in their inbox on the first of every month.

PRO-INSIDER — The PRO-INSIDER is a digital publication for PAL (Published and Listed) and Full members. This quarterly newsletter is filled with information on building and maintaining a successful career as a professional writer or illustrator. The PRO-INSIDER features articles about contracts, royalties, marketing, school visits, taxes, and everything a professional writer or illustrator might need to know.

Digital Workshops — Exclusive free webinars with luminaries of the children’s book industry, covering the craft of writing and illustrating, as well as acquiring agents, marketing, and more! Digital workshops are hosted live on Zoom, then collected in a digital archive for one month.  

Podcasts — A new season of the podcast is coming soon in 2023 with insightful interviews with authors, illustrators, editors, and agents. Catch up on previous episodes on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.


Resources for Independently Published Authors 


SCBWI membership provides authors and author/illustrators access to member-only publications chock full of information on the business of independent publishing, up-to-date information on the technical tools used by authors who self-publish, guidebooks on how to self-publish a children’s book, awards & grants to offset the cost of publishing your book, and much more. Click HERE for a list of full benefits. 


Awards & Grants 


SCBWI provides 22 awards, grants, and scholarships to encourage continuing excellence in the creation of children’s literature. Grants are awarded throughout the year and provide financial assistance to members to finish works-in-progress, polish portfolios, attend conferences, market published books, and more. View our full list of awards and grants or our yearly awards calendar



In addition to discounts at SCBWI events and conferences, members of SCBWI also receive discounts for services including Writer’s Digest, Scapple and Scrivener software licenses, and Bowker author services. Discounts and coupon codes for members only. Click HERE to learn more.