Los Angeles Region

Events, Contests & Grants


Regional events give you more opportunities to network, learn and have fun with writers and illustrators in your area. The number and types of regional events sponsored by SCBWI-L.A. vary from year-to-year – evolving with the needs and interests of our members.

2024 Events: Information about additional events coming soon.

March 9... Writers Day

April 20 - 21... L.A. Times Festival of Books

June... Critique Day

September 22... OC Children's Book Festival

September 27 - 29... Working Writers Retreat

SCBWI-L.A.’s members host smaller events throughout the year called LitMingles. LitMingles are informal get-togethers, often held monthly, where general topics are chosen for group discussion. Complete information about area LitMingles can be accessed on the LitMingle section of the website.

2023 Events:

January 15… Creative Toolbox Workshop

April 22 – 23… L.A. Times Festival of Books

June 10… Critique Day

September 29 – October 1… Working Writers Retreat


The Los Angeles region honors and promotes the work of its writers and illustrators by offering several annual contests. Entry is free. Competing can help you gauge the level of your work and winning can help move you toward publication.

SCBWI-L.A. may introduce new contests and/or change existing contests at any time. Check back often for details on upcoming contests. Currently, the region offers the following:

Writers Day Contest

Illustrators Day Contest

Mentor Contest

Sue Alexander Grant

C. Harrington Scholarship

Twitter Banner Contest


First-place winning manuscripts in any SCBWI-L.A. contest may not be entered in any subsequent SCBWI-L.A. contest.

Judging & Awards