Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diversity Initiatives


Book Drive for SCBWI-IL Diversity Outreach

All children deserve to see themselves in their favorite stories. To further this mission, we are asking our generous Spring Thaw attendees to bring a new book for donation. Please consider donating a diverse book or one by a diverse creator.  SCBWI-IL will use collected books as giveaways and prizes at its booth at community literary and back-to-school book fairs and festivals, many with a diversity focus.  SCBWI-IL uses the definition of “diverse” as provided by the We Need Diverse Books’ definition of “diversity.”


Winner of SCBWI-IL Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize 2018 to be announced at Spring Thaw!

At 2018 Spring Thaw–Pitch Perfect 2, Linda Camacho, agent with the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, will announce the winner of the 2018 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize. The announcement will be pre-recorded. Winner need not be present. This opportunity is open to all SCBWI-Illinois members and is awarded to a manuscript that features a diverse main character OR is written by a diverse author.

Click to find all the MVOMP application details here.

The application deadline is March 09.  SCBWI-IL is grateful to an anonymous benefactor who supports this prize.



Wear your SCBWI-IL Diversity Initiatives Button

Show your commitment to making our Illinois Region a more diverse and inclusive one by donning a SCBWI-IL Diversity Initiatives button! If you don’t have one yet, they will be available at 2018 Spring Thaw Check-In for a donation of $1 or more.  Proceeds will go to our SCBWI-Illinois Diversity Initiatives, including the Many Voices Outstanding Manuscript Prize.

These buttons, donated by a generous member, have a graphic designed by Cedric Gliane.