Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

October 2018 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…



Second Annual Golden Pen Award Finalists

This year at our Letters & Lines conference, faculty members selected outstanding manuscripts to be our Golden Pen Award finalists. The authors of these manuscripts not only have bragging rights, but also the opportunity to be selected as the winner. One winner will be chosen by a committee and announced in a future newsletter.

  • Ana Crespo The Girl and Me
  • Sally Spear Too Loud Lizzie
  • Y. Knoll What It Takes
  • C. Held Ghost Wanted
  • Nancy Bentley Field Trip! Field Trip!
  • Kellye Crocker My Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Colorado Catastrophes
  • Sadee Schilling Storm Skye
  • Teri Shuch Up and Away
  • Nancy D. Riley Cupid’s Tango


Big round of applause for our talented illustrators!

2018 Fall Conference Calendar Illustration Winners:


2018 Fall Conference Juried Portfolio Showcase Winners:



Debut Author/Illustrator Gregory Barrington’s COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY was acquired in a two-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers. He was represented by Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency who signed him after the 2015 RMC Letters and Lines Conference.


Joni Franks, author of “Corky Tails, Tales of a Tailless Dog Named Sagebrush, Sagebrush Meets the Shuns” has been honored with three EVVY AWARDS from Colorado Independent Publishers Association in the categories of Children’s Story Book, Fairytale/Folklore/Mythology, and Animals/Pets/Nature!


Heather Brockman Lee is thrilled to announce that she has signed with Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency as their newest illustrator.


Darby Karchut’s DEL TORO MOON (middle grade fantasy/Western set in modern-day Colorado) releases October 2 from Owl Hollow Press. Supernatural monsters, talking war horses, and a heritage like no other! Matt Del Toro and his family must saddle up and save their town from a growing horde of creepy creatures.


Jennie MacDonald’s short story “Clean Cup,” which is set in a fictional branch of the Denver Public Library, appears in Shhhh . . . Murder!, an anthology of cozy murder mysteries just out from Darkhorse Books.


Leslea Wahl’s YA adventurous mystery, The Perfect Blindside, recently won a Gold Medal Readers’ Favorite Book Award. Her third Christian YA novel, Where You Lead, was released on September 15th through Vinspire Publishing.