October 1, 2018
SCBWI Announces Work-in-Progress Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Work-in-Progress Grants and Don Freeman Illustration Grants! Both awards are part of SCBWI's program to assist children's book writers and illustrators who are in the process of completing a specific project currently not under contract. The recipients will have their work posted on a special site which will be made available to a hand-selected list of agents and editors.
Work-in-Progress Grants

Young Adult Fiction:
Nadia's War by Teddi Ahrens

Growing Up Darwin by April Jo Cervetti  

Multicultural Fiction/Nonfiction:
Soledad Strikes Back by Lupe Ruiz-Flores  

Picture Book Text: 
Taking Up Space: Yoga Shape Poems by Joanne Durham 

Middle Grade Fiction:
Master Mo: The Book of Joy by Angie Chan   

Chapter Books/Early Fiction: 
Jules and Diamond by Stacy Allen 

Don Freeman Illustration Grants

Published Award: Sandra Salsbury
See Sandra's illustrations  HERE

Pre-published Award:  Cristina Lalli 
See Cristina's illustrations  HERE
READ MORE  to learn about each winning story.       
Congratulations Book Launch Award Winners
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is pleased to announce that  Francie Latour and  Traci Sorell are the winners of the 2018 SCBWI Book Launch Award. The annual award, established by the SCBWI in 2012, provides authors or illustrators with $2,000 in funds to supplement the promotion and marketing of newly published works for children.

Francie Latour is launching her picture book   Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings   (Groundwood Books), illustrated by Ken Daley, which follows young Ti Chou as she explores the sights and sounds of her family’s ancestral home in Haiti, and connects with her aunt, a working artist. Traci Sorell is the author of  We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga (Charlesbridge). With illustrations by Frane Lessac, Sorell’s picture book explores contemporary Cherokee culture, and the spirit of gratitude the community experiences during each of the four seasons.

Books for Readers Donation Celebration
We’re on the road this month for donation celebrations in honor of this year’s recipients of the  SCBWI Books For Readers  program, the Indian Education Program in Fargo, ND, and the Literary Alliance in Oviedo, FL.

SCBWI is heading to Fargo, ND to participate in the city’s third Annual Indigenous People’s Day celebration on October 8. The Indian Education Program in the Fargo public school system will receive a donation of about 900 books to Native American students. We will also have a bookplate making activity for the kids to make the book they receive even more special. The IEP distributes books to students through cultural and family events held throughout the year. SCBWI Dakotas member Tory Christie nominated the IEP.

Where:  The Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City
When:  February 8-10, 2019

Winter is approaching! And that means the SCBWI winter conference will soon be here. This year’s event kicks off on the evening of Friday, February 8  with the Golden Kite Awards Gala and Gold Carpet which will be live-streamed around the globe. Over the course of the weekend, there will be panel discussions from industry professionals and keynote addresses from Newbery Medal winner  Christopher Paul Curtis  ( Bud, Not Buddy ), Globe-Horn Book Award winner  Elizabeth Acevedo  ( The Poet X ), and National Book Award Longlist author/illustrator  Jarrett Krosoczka  ( Hey, Kiddo ).

Conference registration opens on the SCBWI website on October 23 at 10am PDT . Register early as the New York winter conference sells out quickly!

Celebrate October Happy Book Birthdays
October brings a bounty of new releases as 115 SCBWI authors and illustrators celebrate their Happy Book Birthdays.

The winners of this month's special drawing are Mike Allegra with the picture book Everybody's Favorite Book and Tara Gilboy with the middle grade novel Unwritten . Both winners were interviewed about their upcoming books and had the opportunity to create short videos, which will be shared on SCBWI’s social media. Click to read Mike Allegra's interview here and Tara Gilboy's interview here .

Click HERE for instructions on how to submit for Happy Book Birthday.

Please note that the deadline to submit this month is  October 20 , no exceptions. Only books released in  November 2018  will be accepted during this submission period, but Happy Book Birthday runs every month. If you have an upcoming book, submit your information by the  20th of the month before your book’s release date in order to be entered into the monthly drawing. We look forward to celebrating with you!
SCBWI BookStop Launches October 23
On October 23 , the SCBWI website will light up with a catalogue of all the books our members have published this year, where thousands of potential readers can come to browse and buy. Members who have published a BookStop page for $25 can personalize one of our seven pre-designed templates with their book's information including a cover image, synopsis, video, social media links, and more. Last year nearly 800 members purchased a page and reached over 47,000 total visitors.
The pages will go live to the public on Tuesday, October 23 , but it isn't too late to join the program. Templates will be available from now through the end of the promotion on Friday, December 7 .

Three Cheers for Corinna Luyken!
Did you know that Corinna Luyken , whose debut picture book The Book of Mistakes came out to much acclaim in 2017, was a Don Freeman Grant recipient in 2015? The dummy she submitted for the Don Freeman pre-published category, “My Heart,” was contracted by Dial Books at Penguin Young Readers Group and will be published on January 8, 2019. Luyken also illustrated the picture book Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse , written by Marcy Campbell, which came out in August 2018. 

Three Cheers is a new Insight feature in which we select one SCBWI member a month who has a phenomenal success story to share. If you have realized a dream through your involvement with SCBWI, please send your story to threecheers@scbwi.org .
SCBWI Exclusive with...
Kate Egan
Kate Egan , editorial director of KCP Loft, has edited children’s and YA books for more than twenty years. Authors she’s worked with include Cynthia Lord, Tamora Pierce, and Suzanne Collins. Kate has also written many books for children, including a picture book,  Kate and Nate Are Running Late  (illustrated by Dan Yaccarino) and a middle grade series called The Magic Shop (with magician Mike Lane).

Draw This!
Draw This! is our monthly prompt word for illustrators. 

Congratulations to the September winners! The September prompt word was "I'm Scared!"
Click HERE to view the September Gallery
Shiho Pate
Lisa Fields
October's prompt word is: "Girl Power"
Click Here for Draw This! guidelines
Faces of SCBWI
Want to see your face in Insight ? Send your photos to  faces@scbwi.org   or post on twitter using the tag #facesofscbwi
Gaye Turner Sanders, Gwendolyn Hooks, and Emma D. Dryden at SCBWI Oklahoma
Traci Sorell and Frane Lessac celebrate launch of We Are Grateful (Charlesbridge 2018)
SCBWI Westchester Illustrators Gallery Reception
2018 Crystal Kite winner Lawrence Schimel
Alice Feagan, Karen Windness, and Stan Yan attend SCBWI Rocky Mountain Fall Conference
SCBWI Midsouth 2018 Fall Conference