SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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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.
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  • 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
MEMBER GOOD NEWS!
Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek/Astra BFYR has acquired HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: KATE WARNE AND THE RACE TO SAVE PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, a nonfiction picture book about the Pinkerton detective’s role in saving Lincoln’s life before his first inauguration. Publication Spring 2025.
Rachel Delaney Craft's story "Andromeda's New Brain: Part 1," about a young cyborg who fights crime on future Earth, appeared in the July/August issue of Cricket magazine.
After completing the Michelle Begley mentor program, Heidi DeStefano received first place in the Children’s Literature category for “Chickie Jurin and the Zamboozie Stew” at the 2022 Wyoming Writers’ Conference.
Every year the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Each state selects a children's book to represent its heritage, and this year New Mexico selected Anna Freeman’s SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ!
THE POOP FAIRY (2022), written and illustrated by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, is the feature picture book selected for August through October for the  Vail Public Library Storywalk in Big Horn Park, East Vail.
Author Teresa Funke donated a Little Free Library to a mobile home park in Fort Collins stocked with Spanish, English, and bilingual books so the bilingual families in the community can read together. She included books by some Fort Collins SCBWI authors. You can see photos here.
Rudy Garcia's 2021 YA Chicano Fantasy, DEATH SONG OF THE DRAGÓN CHICXULUB, received Honorable Mention in Best Novel - Fantasy from the International Latino Book Awards 2022. The author lives in Denver, CO. Connect with Rudy on his website, Facebook, and Twitter @RChGarcia3.
Vickie L. Gardner is happy to announce that the second story, DARBY MEETS TALL TOWN, in her early reader series THE ADVENTURES OF DARBY, will be released and available for sale at Amazon.com in August. To learn more about Vickie and her stories, visit Vickie’s website.
RMC-SCBWI member Karen Gonzales of Denver, Colorado won a $70 prize and 2nd Place Sandra Seaton Michel Middle School Story Award for "The Mystery of La Llorona and Mister Llorón" in the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.’s 2022 Biennial Letters Competition.
Jolene Gutiérrez signed a book deal with Abrams Appleseed for her book about sensory sensitivity, TOO MUCH! The book will be published as a picture book in 2023 and as a board book in 2025. Jolene and her daughter Shaian Gutiérrez also sold their Día de Muertos picture book THE OFRENDA THAT WE BUILT at auction to Chronicle. It is scheduled for a 2024 publication date.
Katherine Hahn's illustrated online episodic novel, ALEX HOLLOW & THE MONSTERS OF MORNINGSIDE, will conclude August 15 with Chapter 10. Read it here for free through Dec 31, 2022! Almost-six-year-old Alex, who loves coloring and monsters, sees one through a portal to a magical world in his backyard. Peril ensues.
Lauren H. Kerstein is thrilled to announce her latest PB, ONE MORE SUNDAY. Andrea Hall with Beaming Books is editing, and Nanette Regan is illustrating. ONE MORE SUNDAY (November 2023) is a reassuring social-emotional journey reminding children that even when a loved one is gone, their love lives on forever.
RANSOMING THE CAPTIVE, the fourth YA novel by Traci L. Jones was released July 7, 2022. A story of guilt and the search for self-forgiveness was published by Black Rose Writing, a small imprint located in Texas.
Laura Perdew's PB science series, BIOME EXPLORERS, releases August 15 (Nomad Press). The series has five titles: AQUATIC ADVENTURES, DESTINATION DESERT, FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOREST, GRASSLAND GLOBETROTTING, and TOUR THE TUNDRA. Each book takes readers on a journey through a different biome, integrating important science concepts including plant and animal adaptations, and climate.
Jessica Speer's second MG book, MIDDLE SCHOOL - SAFETY GOGGLES ADVISEDreleases 8.2.22! Illustrations by Lesley Imgart. With choose-your-own-ending stories, a dash of science, and humor, this guidebook explores the halls of middle school. Safety goggles advised. To learn more, visit her website here, also Twitter @SpeerAuthor, IG @jessica_speer_author.
SKI BIRD AND POWDER PIGGY: RACE TO THE TOP, written and illustrated by Julianne Stokes will be released this Labor Day Weekend! Stokes will be touring stores in Aspen during the month of September to celebrate her third children’s picture book. You can follow Stokes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kate Tillery-Danzer has been named a 2022 Writer of Note Fellow with the de Groot Foundation for her work-in-progress, TILLI THOMPSON AND THE CASE OF THE BOG BONES (mid-grade nature adventure novel).