Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 2017 Member Good News

Our members have been busy receiving kudos, having books published, winning awards, and more!

Read all the latest and greatest here…

Golden Pen Winner

Congratulations to Laura Perdew, the winner of the 2017 Golden Pen Award, for her work, Undercurrents, which was selected by a committee of three out-of-state SCBWI PAL judges who chose her manuscript in a blind reading. As the winner of this prestigious award, Laura will receive free conference tuition to our 2018 Letters & Lines conference!


Rachel Delaney Craft’s short story “The Fish Who Shook the Earth” was published in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of CRICKET magazine.


Husband-and-wife co-authors Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl’s YA novel has been purchased for publication by Month9Books of Georgia McBride Media Group. Publication is scheduled for Spring 2019. MERGED is a speculative fiction that explores what might happen when the minds of dying geniuses are implanted into the brains of teenagers.


Bevin Rolfs Spencer was recently awarded 5th place in the Institute of Children’s Literature’s funny fiction/humor contest for her story Meatball Surprise.


Heather Sappenfield’s YA novel Life at the Speed of Us was a recent finalist for the Housatonic Award for Writing for Middle Grades or Young Adults.


Carrie Seidel’s article “Danger! Rescue On Thin Ice” with accompanying photographs about how firefighters train for and assist people (and pets!) who fall into frozen lakes was published in the December 2017 issue of Highlights.