• Calling ALL Superheroes to SCBWI-Illinois' 2016 Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day.  Details avilable now at www.illinois.scbwi.org where registration begins on September 1st.  
  • The SCBWI-IL Laura Crawford Memorial Mentorship will announce the 2016 mentee on July 1, 2016. For full details: http://illinois.scbwi.org/laura-crawford-mentorship/
  • The Wild Wild Midwest SCBWI Conference announced these SCBWI members and winners in the Manuscript Contest: Lisa Katzenberger, Illinois, picture book; Christina Vagenius, Indiana, middle grade novel; Kristin Lenz, Michigan, young adult novel; and Amanda Caverzasi, Illinois, nonfiction. Runners-up included: Tara Luebbe, South Carolina, picture book; Mary Sandford, Illinois, middle grade novel; Kelsi Turner, Minnesota, nonfiction. Winners and, in some categories, runners-up won the invitation to submit additional projects, or a full novel manuscript.  Many thanks to our judges Karl Jones, Wendy Loggia, Viana Siniscalchi, and Kathleen Merz. The conference was held April 30-May 1 in Naperville, IL.
  • SCBWI founder and Executive Director LIN OLIVER hosted a reception for dozens of SCBWI-IL members on Tuesday, April 26th, from 4PM-6PM at Bar Louie in Naperville. Lin chatted about all things SCBWI—new activities, member benefits and member's suggestions and children’s book marketing.  Then we all walked over to Anderson’s Bookshop to see a real children’s book pro in action! Lin introduced and autograhed  her fun, new middle grade Fantastic Frame series! Of her visit, Lin said, "It was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  I love getting to know the members more, love hearing their stories and goals and dreams, and love to witness the friendships that bloom under the SCBWI banner.  Please convey to everyone who was there how much it meant to me, and how I loved spending some time with them!" Thanks Lin and all who were able to attend!
  • Congratulations to member Katie Otey, winner of the 2016 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize.  For more information: http://illinois.scbwi.org/scholarships/many-voices-outstanding-manuscript-prize/
  • Congratulations Kate Hannigan, winner of the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade/Young Reader Fiction:https://www.scbwi.org/2016-golden-kite-award-winners/ for her novel, The Detective's Assistant (Little/Brown, 2015)

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