Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Join us in Green Lake September 21-23, 2018 for this year's Fall Conference Reality Check: Exploring Truth.
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in August!
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in May!
  • Congratulations to Anuradha Rajurkar on winning the Emerging Voices Grant from SCBWI for her manuscript American Betiya!    American Betiya is a complex YA novel about a teenage artist grappling with forbidden romance, personal boundaries, and the appropriation of her Indian heritage. Describing the personal connection to her work, Rajurkar said, “Like the protagonist in my novel, I journeyed through deep conflict between my Indian roots and American girl dreams. Subtly exploring class, sexuality, and race in the context of art, minority culture, and first love, my work holds a mirror to the universal struggle—and triumph—of teenage girls seeking identity in a modern, diverse America.” The Emerging Voices award is part of the SCBWI’s ongoing effort to foster diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s publishing.  The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website. Anuradha will also receive a paid trip to the 2018 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles to meet editors, agents, and other industry professionals.   Anuradha D. Rajurkar, the 2017 recipient of SCBWI's Emerging Voices 2017 award for her YA manuscript American Betiya, is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University and is a proud member of SCBWI. Rajurkar lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons, where, in her free time, she indulges her passions for reading, interior design, and hiking along Lake Michigan. For more about her journey, follow her on Twitter @ADRajurkar1 or Facebook.
  • SCBWI-Wisconsin is once again offering mentorships to writers and illustrators in several categories. There are two parts to our application—please see below for more info. APPLICATION PERIOD: October 1, 2018 - November 20, 2018 RULES:  1. You must be a current member of SCBWI who has attended at least one of our member events in the past year.* 2. You're only able to apply for one categrory of mentorship. 3. You must be pre-published in the category that you're applying to. Self published authors/illustrators are considered pre-published. 4. You must follow the requirements and format instructions to be considered. Double and triple check your files and emails before you submit.   PROCESS: PART 1 - Fill out this online application form and click
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in March!  
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in September!
  • From our friends in Michigan: The 4 Out the Door Illustrator Challenge! Do you wonder how you can get on an art director’s or editor’s radar? Mailing a promotional postcard on a regular basis is the simplest self-promotion an illustrator can do! Maybe you have good intentions to send several postcards a year, but end up falling short. Wouldn’t it be easier if you were pleasantly prodded and cheered on by your peers? Join SCBWI Michigan illustrators in sending quarterly mailings on Feb. 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and Nov. 1st.   NEXT STEPS To participate, e-mail us at saying you are up for the challenge. Once you sign up, you will receive a welcome e-packet about the basics of promotional mailings and next steps, along with a digital badge you can use to share the news of our challenge. Check the MichKids listserv, social media, and The Mitten blog because SCBWI-MI illustrators Kirbi Fagan, Kara Marsee and Deb Pilutti will share printing resources, production tips, encouragement and success stories over the coming weeks. (BE SURE TO CONNECT ON THESE PLATFORMS! For more information on how, click HERE.) You can share your postcards on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag: #4outthedoor. We look forward to seeing what you create! Special shout-out to Kirbi Fagan for creating the 4 Out the Door logo and illustration.


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