• Join our all-star lineup on April 29th for a day of pitching practice and craft intensives that will help you get in the game! Registration begins February 15th.  
  • SCBWI members who are published (PAL and Independents) and under contract are invited to join speakers Lisa Katzenberger,Sarah Hammond & Natalie Rompella.  They will share their insights into how Twitter can support our work as published authors and illustrators and how we can create community to support each other and broaden our reach.    
  • In 2017, SCBWI-Illinois is launching its Diverse New Member Pathway, intended to increase diversity among children's book creators and among members of SCBWI. Application period 2/1-3/1/2017
  • Application opens for the 2017 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize on February 15. This year, the prize will be judged by Marietta Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency and announced live at 2017 Spring Thaw--Pitch Perfect, April 29. SCBWI-IL thanks its generous, anonymous benefactor for the ongoing support of this career-changing opporunity!  
  • For this Postcard Initiative, we’ll focus on marketing and mailing postcards to buyers in the children’s book and media industry. With that intention, there will be 4 target dates for finished art . Finished art will be posted 4 times a year on a closed Facebook group page for all members and contributors to view. Contact Terri Murphy illinois-ic@scbwi.org for more information
  • The SCBWI Winter Reading List is available for download at scbwi.org/readinglist. The list is comprised of over 1,100 titles from 328 publishers, organized by the 15 Crystal Kite geographical locations!

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