SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • New (and returning) Members Start Here! To help you get the most out of your SCBWI membership, we have provided the following information about how to get involved in our chapter while taking advantage of our numerous member offerings. Read more ...
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  • We are now authorized to hold small, in-person events. However, we must continue to follow all local and state guidelines for gathering, such as if these events can be held indoors versus only outdoors. Because these guidelines vary by county and sometimes even city, we will inform you on the social distancing and mask-wearing requirements for your particular area when we plan in person events. In the meantime, please continue to follow CDC and health department guidelines to prevent spread of COVID-19 illness. This includes: current social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, avoidance of touching your face with unwashed hands, and  staying home if sick. Please visit the CDC.gov for additional information. We hope to have updates about larger indoor gatherings soon.  
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  • Join us in celebrating the success of these members who made a connection or contact at one of our events! Do you have your own Rocky Mtn Chapter or SCBWI Success Story to share? Did you meet an editor or agent at an SCBWI event and end up placing a manuscript or receiving representation? Did you meet an illustrator who ended up illustrating your self-published book? If so, we want to hear from you! Send an email to webmaster, Denise Vega, with RMC/SCBWI SUCCESS STORY in the subject line. Include the event, the date, and your success story! NOTE: These are stories directly related to your attendance at an event. See below for examples. To submit other good news, click here.  2021 SCBWI Big 5-0 Conference Anne Marie Brown attended a SCBWI pitch roundtable with agent Kelly Sonnack and received representation from Saritza Hernadez of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Anne Marie’s three manuscripts, “For My Son,” “Pretty: For My Daughter,” and “For My Children,” experienced viral success on Tik Tok, and are out on submission. Fantastic news, Anne Marie! 2018 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference After participating in a novel intensive at the 2017 Letters and Lines conference, Megan E. Freeman was invited by the editor to send her full manuscript.  After reading it and offering suggestions, the editor suggested some agents. As a direct result of querying those agents, Megan is happy to announce that she has signed with Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency.  Megan is excited to join the Rocky Mountain contingent of East West writers and illustrators, and is so grateful for the support and opportunities provided by RMC-SCBWI and to all the people who make Letters and Lines happen every year.  Way to go, Megan! 2018RMC Big Sur in the Rockies Agent Workshop for Illustrators Illustrator Darla Okada signed with agent Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) after participating in the the Big Sur Agent Workshop for Illustrators on May 17. Congratulations, Darla! 2015 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference Greg Barrington signed with agent Deborah Warren at East West Literary in November 2015 as an author-illustrator.
  • Take your writing to the next level with the Michelle Begley Memorial Program.
Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Region!

The Rocky Mountain Chapter includes both Colorado and Wyoming. We have about 640 members, with just over 450 of those designating themselves as writers and over 145 as illustrators or writer-illustrators. Of the total, about 400 are Associate members, just over 100 are Full and nearly 130 are PAL (Published

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Our members have been busy receiving kudos, having books published, winning awards, and more! Read all the latest and greatest here... Sally Alexander was interviewed November 7 on the podcast Reading With Your Kids about THE LOST COLORS, Book 1 in The Adventures of Caitlin & Rio series. When a rogue experiment removes all the colors from the world, a girl and her talking cat must save humanity from CAT-astrophe! Visit her on Twitter @SalexaSally. Lisa Kaniut Cobb is happy to announce her story "Something Fishy" was chosen to be included in the new anthology, THE OFFICES OF SUPERNATURAL BEING, to be released November 30 by 4 Horsemen Publications. It is based on her series “The Netahs.” Click here for more information. Larry Day’s artwork will be featured on Alpine Bank’s 2023 50th year anniversary calendar. Chronicle Books has acquired THE OFFRENDA THAT WE BUILT, by Jolene Gutiérrezand her daughter Shaian. Publication is set for Fall 2024. Annie Herzig won SCBWI's Narrative Art Award, with an all-expense paid trip to the Winter Conference in February! The theme was “Tiny Wonders” and you can see her winning illustrations on display during the New York Portfolio Showcase (in conjunction with the New York conference). Haven Iverson, author of the picture book SLOW DOWN, TUMBLEWEED, is now represented by Rachel Orr at The Prospect Agency. Heather Brockman Lee’s second picture book as an illustrator is out now wherever books are sold! Written by Katey Howes and published by The Innovation Press, A POEM GROWS INSIDE YOU is a beautifully written, rhyming exploration of the pitfalls and joys that accompany the creative urge. Jennie MacDonald’s short story “The Emperor’s New Shoes,” a sequel to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” has been published in BIZARRE BAZAAR: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN FICTION WRITERS. Find it on Amazon here. Brizida Magro's newest book, LET ME CALL YOU SWEETHEART, is available for preorder at the Boulder Bookstore. For details and to reserve your copy, click here. Visit Brizida on IG, Twitter @BrizidaMagro, and her website here. Our Sunday Visitor has acquired Claudia Cangilla McAdam’s chapter book, NIGHT OF THE AUGUST SNOW, which recounts the legend behind the founding of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. A miraculous snowfall on August 5, 358 is said to have indicated the site on which the church should be built. Nancy Oswald's book BATS, BANDITS AND BUGGIES won the Gold in the Will Rogers Western Medallion Youth Fiction awards. QUIET IS STRENGTH, written by NY Times Bestselling author Mary Rand Hess and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, has been acquired by Lauri Hornik at Rocky Pond Books for publication Spring of 2025. Jan Pratt's second book, AMALEIGHA LOVES A GOOD STORY, was recently released on Amazon. Amaleigha loves to visit her school library. It’s a great place to find new stories but she notices there’s a shortage of certain books. Find out how Amaleigha solves this problem. Visit Jan’s website and Facebook page. Laura Resau’s upcoming picture book, co-authored with the Indigenous Ecuadorian leader, Patricia Gualinga, and titled STAND AS TALL AS THE TREES: HOW AN AMAZONIAN COMMUNITY PROTECTED THE RAIN FOREST (Charlesbridge, July 2023, English and Spanish versions), was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Learn more here. Dustin Resch’s school visit in the Cayman Islands was featured on the news! Jessica Speer's book, MIDDLE SCHOOL - SAFETY GOGGLES ADVISED, was nominated for the 2022 Cybils Award Nonfiction Category. For more information, visit Jessica's website here or follow her on Instagram or Twitter. Anden Wilder’s picture book, TULIP’S MESS, has been acquired by Anne-Marie Varga at Knopf for publication Fall of 2025. The latest title in Natasha Wing's Night Before series will be published by Grosset & Dunlap on December 27. In THE NIGHT BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR, a girl with sound sensitivity figures out a way to deal with fireworks during the parade. Find out more at natashawing@gmail.com and on Amazon. Kudos to debut author/illustrator and RMC Co-Advisor Stan Yan! Kristie Choi at Atheneum has acquired THE MANY MISFORTUNES OF EUGENIA WANG, pitched as Turning Red meets Goosebumps. Publication is planned for fall 2025.