Welcome to the Carolinas Regional Team,
Vijaya will serve as the new Critique Coordinator for the Carolinas Region. She is a scientist-turned-children's writer who delights in making the right match, from manuscript submissions to critique partners. She is the author of the novelty book TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic), over 70 supplemental educational books for children, just as many articles, stories and poems in leading children’s magazines, as well as a young adult novel, BOUND, published via her own publishing venture: Bodach Books.
Vijaya serves as a moderator on the SCBWI message boards, is a former instructor at the Institute of Children’s Literature, and continues to mentor writers. She lives with her husband, two college children, two cats, one dog, and 10,000 bees in beautiful Charleston, SC. To learn more, visit her website at:
Art Prompt Contest
Congratulations to the winner of the SCBWI Carolinas WIN Facebook Page Monthly Art Prompt Contest,
Leigh Anne Carter!
Her winning image below illustrates the prompt:
Spring Has Sprung!
Thank you to all of our participants!
This month's prompt was announced on May 1st, so be sure check out the
SCBWI-Carolinas Working Illustrators Network (WIN)
Facebook page. Illustrators can enter this month's contest by creating an image to illustrate the prompt topic and pasting your work into the comments section of the post.
The contest will be open for entries until May 31st. This is meant to prompt discussion, encourage sharing of techniques/materials, and get your imaginations churning!
Images are submitted anonymously to a judge outside of the Carolinas region. The winning illustration for the month will be showcased in the following newsletter. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to design the banner art for the following months' newsletter. An artist can win once per calendar year. See the Facebook page for additional details.
UPDATE: THE CAROLINAS REGION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath it will cause, we have made the difficult decision to move our conference to an online format this year. We are thrilled to announce that all of the previously confirmed publishing professionals are eager to participate, and our team is hard at work planning a stellar event!
We believe that offering this event free to our members is the best option for our region and know that a large percentage of our membership has never had the chance to attend a conference. This will be a way to share a revised version of the traditional "conference experience" in a way that we hope will bring joy and unity.
We hope our members will see this as an opportunity to receive quality programming while also supporting our community at large during this strange time in our history. As stated, this was a very difficult decision. Thanks so much to those of you who have reached out and offered support.
(Our hope is to resume the in person conference on our regular September weekend in 2021!)
We hope you have been able to use this time in quarantine to be creative! Even though this year's conference will be conducted online, portfolio reviews will still be available! With this new format, you will be required to send your portfolios to your reviewing faculty 6 weeks in advance of your critique session. We wanted to give you heads up at this point because normally you submit your portfolio the day of your critique, and this format will require more work ahead of time. We are very excited about our faculty and will provide more details as we have them. Thanks!
Independent Book Stores are community cornerstones. These establishments support and champion authors around the country, and now, more than ever, they need our support in return! These stores provide so much more than good reading materials. They implement a sense of belonging, creativity, and possibility for everyone who visits. So, if you're shopping for yourself or a friend, try to buy local and support these stores!
To locate an Indie Book Store near you, click the link below to visit Indie Bound, an online database of local book stores across the country.
The Query Godmother:
“Taking the Question
out of the Query”
**Registration is now open!**
JUNE 11th at 7:00 p.m.
to Carolinas Region Members
**see your email from our Regional Team
sent on April 16th for coupon code**
All other SCBWI members: $20.00
**Registration will close on June 5th at 11:59 p.m.**
(Those who participate in this will also have the opportunity to have their query critiqued
for a reduced price of $30.00)
We want to blast your good news throughout our social media, so please send it our way!
MINGLES HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE WILL RESUME THESE EVENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Mingles are informal get-togethers where members
can meet, talk shop, and get to know one another.
Want more information on how to host an event?
SCBWI-Carolinas Regional Team:
Volunteer Regional Administrative Team
Assistant Regional Advisor,
Co-Assistant Regional Advisor,
Regional Illustrator Coordinator,
Volunteer At Large,
Leigh Anne Carter
Membership Outreach Coordinator,
Social Media Coordinator,
Carolyn Bennet Fraiser
Critique Group Classifieds:
New group forming in Hickory, NC
for picture book and middle grade writers. This will be a monthly group with meeting details to be determined. Please contact
or 870-656-8333 for more information.
Online Critique Group
for MG, and YA is accepting new members. Please contact David Kwee at
for more information.
If you’d like to start a critique group in your area, let us know and we can place an ad for you in the
Critique Group Classifieds
section of our monthly newsletter! The ad will appear in two consecutive newsletters unless longer is requested.
Did You Know?
- SCBWI's THE BOOK has a plethora of information ranging from legal contracting questions to local speakers. It also contains a listing of freelance editors. It’s an amazing resource.
- Communication within the chapter is conducted via the FaceBook Group and the SCBWI Blue Boards. For those members interested in joining the FB Group, where blogs, announcements, and craft discussion can take place among the membership, find the link on the FB SCBWI Carolinas page and request to join
Leigh Anne Carter
Leigh Anne has been a member of SCBWI since 2017 and currently serves as a volunteer assistant to the Carolinas Regional Team. She holds
a BA in Studio Art, studied at a graduate program for science illustration, and has been recently focusing on children’s illustration.
She is currently working on a couple of picture book dummies, short comics, and portfolio pieces. Along with becoming a published author-illustrator, her goals include illustrating other writers' projects, mainly picture books and middle grade novel covers.
Leigh Anne is currently seeking representation!
A warm welcome to all of our new members—we are so glad you've joined us! If you have any questions, please let me know!
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and full of listings of book events held by our members. This comprehensive listing of public events, both in-person and virtual, is a great way for SCBWI members to connect and build a literary community. Post your upcoming events by visiting your Member Profile and clicking SCBWInvite in the left-hand column. This is a great way to promote U.S.-based events, International events, and live virtual events such as webinars and Twitter chats. As long as your event is free and on-theme, SCBWInvite will promote it.
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