SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  •  September 12-13, 2020 Conference Info TBA.   BLACK LIVES MATTER, BLACK VISIONS MATTER - Scholarships In response to the injustices and violence the Black community has endured and continues to endure, members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter are offering scholarships to Black writers and artists with generous support from the RMC itself for our upcoming virtual Letters & Lines conference, which will be held on September 12-13, 2020. For Black Writers The Believe Scholarship--sponsored by author and former Co-Regional Advisor Denise Vega with big support from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the SCBWI--is offering scholarships to attend the 2020 Letters & Lines Fall Conference (virtual this year). 3 scholarships covering tuition for both days, a critique, an intensive, and a $150 stipend, plus a one-year membership for a non-member of the SCBWI or a year renewal for a current member ($395-$410 value per scholarship) 1 scholarship covering tuition for both days, plus a one-year membership for a non-member of the SCBWI or a year renewal for a current member ($155-170 value) Please note that high interest may necessitate us closing off applications at 10 PB writers and 10 novelists. The scholarships will support SCBWI members and non-members who are residents of Colorado or Wyoming and identify as Black. For more information and to apply:https://www.denisevega.com/writers/believe-scholarship/   For Black Illustrators  Illustrator, RMCAD Professor, and current Illustrator Coordinator, Kaz Windness is offering one scholarship for illustrators identifying as Black who live in Colorado or Wyoming. Scholarship covers tuition for both days, an intensive, entry to the portfolio showcase, a 1-on-1 portfolio review with Kaz Windness via Zoom, and a $150 stipend, plus a one-year membership for a non-member of the SCBWI or a year renewal for a current member ($415-$430 value) Submission guidelines: - Please provide a short written statement (around 200 words) telling us a little about you, your art, and what interests you most about working in kidlit. - Please provide a few samples of your illustrations -- 3 to 4 JPEGS at approx.1050 pixels longest side. -  EMAIL your complete application package IN A SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT to  Tracy at mentorprogram.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com: - Subject line: 2020 RMC SCHOLARSHIP - Include your first and last name in the body of the email, but DO NOT put your name anywhere in your PDF. The due date for both writer and illustrator submissions is July 15, 2020.
  • 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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  • PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we have postponed all in-person events as a public health measure. We continue to monitor the situation and will update you with changes. 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. SCBWI REFUND POLICY For the time being, SCBWI has revised its refund policy for in-person events through the end of August to allow cancellation without penalty if needed. If you or a member of your family are or have been sick, and you therefore cannot attend an event, you will be able to receive a full tuition refund up until the day of the event so that you can stay home, take care of yourself and your family, and prevent the spread of illness. If you or a member of your family has a condition which compromises their immunity defenses, you may also request a refund should you choose to stay home.
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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 Success Story to share? Did you meet an editor or agent at one of our events 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.  Letters & Lines Fall Conference, September, 2018 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! Big Sur in the Rockies Agent Workshop for Illustrators, May, 2018 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! Letters & Lines Fall Conference, September, 2015 Greg Barrington signed with agent Deborah Warren at East West Literary in November 2015 as an author-illustrator.
  •   Our own Illustrator Coordinator Kaz Windness won the 2019 Illustration contest at the 2019 Fall Letters & Lines Conference. Kaz's illustration will be featured in a calendar and on merchandise that will be given to industry professionals at the 2020 Fall Conference. Calendars will be for sale to members and interested others. You can find out more about Kaz and her wonderful work here: Windness Books. Congratulations, Kaz!
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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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ATTENTION: Please note that all in-person events have been postponed until further notice. We'll continue to monitor this situation and follow national and state public health guidelines to prevent the spread of illness. This site will be  updated with changes to this status as recommended by public health officials. Please stay safe.