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Children's Book Writers
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  • Save the Date: 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Let's Go to the Fair! Date/Time Date(s) - 05/03/2019 - 05/04/2019 12:00 am Location Chicago Marriott Naperville 1801 N. Naper Blvd. - Naperville, IL 60563
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  • We're thrilled to share with our members our new state newsletter—Creative Tap, which has been thoughtfully edited by Sandra Nichols and beautifully designed by Leah Danz. Members can view Creative Tap as a downloadable PDF file by visiting our website or clicking HERE. The first edition of Creative Tap is filled with helpful tips on entering illustrations contests, writing and revision information, upcoming events, and volunteer bios. If you're interested in writing a piece for the newsletter, submitting illustrations, or announcing an event, please contact Sandra Nichols for inclusion in future issues. Thank you to Sandra, Leah, and contributors for creating this amazing resource!  
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in August!
  • 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 September!
  •   Mark your calendar!  If you are scheduled to have a book(s) published between January 1 and June 30, 2019, from SCBWI PAL-recognized publisher, submit the information noted below no later than October 15, 2018 in order to have your book included in the spring release flier. This flier, submitted to libraries and bookstores, is for SCBWI PAL-recognized publishers and for books only, but applies to both authors and illustrators.  If you had a PAL book published in the prior year that was not included in the spring or fall fliers for the season in which it was released, you may send the info now, including the actual release date. We must have your information by October 15, 2018. Information received after that date will be added to FALL 2019 flier, and will include a note about your actual release date.  If your publisher CONFIRMS that your book will release between January 1 and June 30, 2019 but doesn’t have an exact date or cover image, you may submit what you have for inclusion, or you may wait and have all information included in the FALL 2019 flier with a note about the actual release date.  Your book will only appear in one or the other, so choose which will offer you the greatest benefit. DIRECTIONS to submit your book for the spring 2019 release flier: Submission information and questions should be emailed to BOTH of your PAL coordinators, Sandy Brehl at and Judy Dodge Cummings at Please send the following information in this format: Title Author(s) Illustrator (if appropriate) Target/format (picture book, chapter/early book, middle grade, or young adult) Publisher Release date ISBN: (choose only one ISBN number) One or two sentence catalog description. Keep it brief. Think pitch line(s). No more than 50 words. Thumbnail jpeg file of your book cover *Sandy or Judy will send confirmation of receiving your info with 48 hours. If you don’t receive confirmation, please send again, especially if this is your first contact to Sandy or Judy. Your mail may have ended up in spam, so be sure to watch for your confirmation that the info was received.  Members should also notify SCBWI directly about current releases following the directions in the news section at the back pages of the latest Bulletin. Participation in the annual BOOKSTOP promotion and the new SCBWI monthly book birthday pages relies on AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS to submit your own work.  These are major benefits of membership and we urge you to engage with them. Watch for Facebook, listserv, and monthly SCBWI email newsletter notices about these and take full advantage of the free service to maximize your book’s launch. Thanks,and congratulations on your individual and our community's publishing success! Sandy Brehl ( Judy Dodge Cummings (  
  • 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.


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