Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



SCBWI supports bringing new writers and illustrators into our community via our college student membership. Student membership is available to new members only of SCBWI who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the US or internationally. If you are currently a SCBWI member at the regular or PAL level, or have been an SCBWI member in the past, you are ineligible for student status. You also may not renew your membership at the student level if you did not join SCBWI as a student member.


The student membership rate is $65 to join, $55 per year to renew (see restrictions below).


There are great benefits to being a SCBWI student member:

  • Digital versions of member content, including The Bulletinand The Book: Essential Guide to Children’s Publishing
  • Member discount for Los Angeles and New York national conference tuition
  • Additional discount on all SCBWI regional conference tuition
  • Student grants and awards
  • Online student discussion group
  • Display space in online Illustrator Gallery
  • SCBWI BookStop promotion page


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university in the US or internationally (no high school students)
  • Copy of current student photo ID must be submitted for verification
  • For students at online universities where photo IDs are not issued, you may submit a current transcript instead


Please note the restrictions on student membership:

  • It is restricted to 5 years as an undergraduate and 3 years as a graduate student
  • It is good for only one year at a time – no multiyear memberships
  • All materials will be received in online formats only
  • You must reapply each year
  • Current SCBWI regular or PAL members are not eligible to join or renew as student members