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  • Congrats to all the authors and illustrators who are releasing these beautiful books in 2019! Click image for downloadable PDF. Please feel free to share widely!  
  • Congratulations to Keighley Sadler (Illustration), Peter Dargatz (PB), Fern Brown (MG), and Kate McKinney (YA).   We received dozens of highly qualified applicants across the categories, and our mentors had a tough time selecting—expressing that it was not an easy decision by saying:  
  • WI-SCBWI Winter Webinar Agent Day Event: First Impressions JANUARY 20, 2019 - 1: 00 - 4 :30 p.m.    
  • 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.
  • Our friends in Nevada have compiled THIS LIST of SCBWI WEBINARS. SCBWI offers webinars across the regions in the US and abroad. VIEW WEBINARS Many thanks to the Nevada Regional Team for creating and updating theSCBWI Webinars webpage. Questions about specific webinars should be addressed directly to the Region hosting that webinar.  Thanks to illustrator Ken Lamug for use of his beautiful artwork on this website. SaveSave
  • Save the Date: 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Let's Go to the Fair! Date/Time Date(s) - 05/03/2019 - 05/05/2019 Location Chicago Marriott Naperville 1801 N. Naper Blvd. - Naperville, IL 60563 The 2019 Wild Wild Midwest Conference (WWMW), “Let’s Go to the Fair!” will be held May 3-5, 2019 at the conference center of the Chicago Marriott Naperville, in Naperville, Illinois. Location: Chicago Marriott Naperville 1801 N. Naper Blvd. – Naperville, IL 60563 Hosted by six SCBWI regions: * INDIANA * IOWA * MICHIGAN * OHIO NORTH * WISCONSIN * This event only happens once every three years. 400 + people will attend with lots of opportunities to learn, meet industry players, and connect with your community. Critique and portfolio reviews will be available. Also, intensives, keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, art show/contest, manuscript contest, a costume party, bookstore, and MORE! Fees: $295 for early bird SCBWI members (become a member today and save $$$ click HERE) $315 for early bird Not Yet SCBWI members More opportunities: $45/ portfolio review (onsite) and written manuscript critique (in advance) (limited spaces) $50 three-hour intensive (limited spaces) $15 Manuscript Contest (limited spaces, one entry per person) Registration opens February 2, 2019. For photos and bios of our 35+ blue-ribbon faculty, click HERE: – Silvia Acevedo, author – Jacqueline Alcántara, illustrator – Julie Berry, author – Betsy Bird, librarian and author – Jack Cheng, author – Shutta Crum, author – Sharon Darrow, author – Stephen Fraser, senior literary agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency – Josh Funk, author – Clelia Gore, literary manager, Martin Literary Management – Wendi Gu, literary agent, Janklow and Nesbit Associates – Esther Hershenhorn, author — Sarah Hunter, editor Booklist – Linda Howard, associate publisher, Tyndale House – Angie Karcher, author – Cheryl Klein, editorial director, Lee & Low Books – A. LaFaye, author – Dandi Daley Mackall, author – Christine Mapondera-Talley, author – Sarvinder Naberhaus, author – Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author/illustrator – Kathleen Ortiz, literary agent, New Leaf Literary – John Parra, illustrator – Carrie Pearson, author and consultant – Sharismar Rodriguez, art director, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books – Kashmira Sheth, author – Linda Skeers, author – Ruth Spiro, author – David Stricklen, author – Eliza Swift, senior editor, Sourcebooks – Natasha Tarpley, author – Tracy Vonder Brink, contributing editor, author – Cyle Young, literary agent, Hartline Literary Agency …and there are more to come! SAVE THE DATES! GATHER YOUR COINS! Hope to see you there!
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  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in August!
  • Congratulations to the beautiful books launched in September!


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