Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • REGISTRATION BEGINS FRIDAY — SCBWI-ILLINOIS INTERACTIVE BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE — Shopping for an agent or editor? —Receive boutique feedback on your work-in-progress — Industry professionals size up your WIP in small-group setting and critique  — Tailor-make this customizable event: ONLY 50 ATTENDEES — Critique Chats, Critique Sessions, Critique Contest, Dummy Viewing, Pre-event Critiques & Post-event Submission Opportunities — Confirmed faculty includes: Saritza Hernandez (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Samantha Fabien (Root Literary), Aneeka Kalia (Viking) and D. Ann Williams (Emerald City) — BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE November 12-13: CLICK FOR DETAILS   SEPTEMBER 17 — #ReadALOUDIllinois DAY PAL Participants — Announce on socials: — Schools contact YOU to request a FREE virtual visit. Are you an Illinois educator, librarian or know one? — Your class will get a 20 minute session in with a SCBWI-IL Author/Illustrator, listen to a reading, ask questions and have fun! — Your school will be entered to win an in-person all-school visit with a grant from iCARE. — Click HERE to view #ReadLocalILLINOIS catalog — Reach out with this link: — Find all the #ReadALOUDIllinois info here   MORE SCBWI BENEFITS — FOR PUBLISHED MEMBERS — Congratulations to members celebrating a SEPTEMBER BOOK BIRTHDAY, including Gabriella Vagnoli and Cheri Colyer! — Check out the full list of NEW benefits for independently published!  HERE.  — SCBWI BookStop: Independent and PAL published books from 2019, 2020, and 2021 are eligible for promotion. BookStop FAQ page. — SCBWI-IL at AISLE Conference November 8-9, Champaign IL —2021-22 #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog and Ambassador Schedule to PAL participants — Find all the #ReadALOUDIllinois DAY info here — 2022 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards SUBMISSIONS OPEN — Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant Submissions Open — Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award SUBMISSIONS OPEN   SEPTERMBER 18 — 2021 NETWORK REP & REGIONAL VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION  Regional Team celebrates Network Representatives & Regional Volunteers for their service! —RSVP with event password by September 10 —Current volunteer and didn’t get the password? Email the Co-Regional Advisor — Can’t attend?  We’ll send you a party favor! —Click for complete details & RSVP today! —Check out FALL 2021 NETWORKS   Looking for MORE upcoming SCBWI events & opportunities? Check out our SEPTEMBER CALENDAR and beyond: SEPTEMBER 1 — Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky — Prompt for DRAW THIS! in the INSIGHT. Share with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis. — 2022 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards SUBMISSIONS OPEN — Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant Submissions Open — Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award SUBMISSIONS OPEN —Check out FALL 2021 NETWORKS SEPTEMBER 3 — BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE November 12-13: REGISTER HERE SEPTEMBER 7 — SCBWI BookStop: BookStop FAQ page. SEPTEMBER 8 — North Suburban Network Planning Meeting.  See NETWORKS for link — Dundee Network Critique Night.  Contact Jen Wagh for Zoom Link — Edwardsville Network; Contact Juli Caveny SEPTEMBER 9 — Chicago’s Southland Network Welcomes Demitria Lunetta; Contact Jim Danielson for Zoom Link — Oak Park Network Welcomes Deborah Topolski, Co-RA IL.  See NETWORKS for link SEPTEMBER 11 — Chicago-Area Illustrators’ Network.  See NETWORKS for link SEPTEMBER 15 —Fall issue THE PRAIRIE WIND —Debut: 2021-22 #ReadLocalILLINOIS Blog —DeKalb Area Network; Contact Sarah Tobias — Fairview Heights Network; Contact Katie Otey —SCBWI On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Grant OPENS SEPTEMBER 17 — #ReadALOUDIllinois DAY SEPTEMBER 18 —2021 Network Rep & Regional Volunteer Celebration SEPTEMBER 24 —OCTOBER SCBWI Book Birthday deadline SEPTEMBER 25 —Bolingbrook/ Naperville Network. See NETWORKS for link —Galena/Freeport Area Network; Email Jamie Petras for Zoom link SEPTEMBER 27 —Geneva Network; Email Janet Riehecky SEPTEMBER 30 — BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE November 12-13: REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 1 —SCBWI-Illinois Interactive Fall Program: MATTHEW SALESSES: CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD —SCBWI Independently Published Book Launch Marketing Grant OPEN —SCBWI Independently Published Pre-Publication Grant OPEN  —SCBWI announces, Cushman, WIP and Don Freeman Award Winners this week,
  • SCBWI-IL Networks provide free, drop-in programming monthly in a city or town near you.  Writing, illustrating and diversity netwotks arr open to both members and non-members. They focus on the craft and business of children's storytelling. Come and see what our creative community is all about!


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