A note to our members:
The SCBWI Carolinas Region supports justice for Black people everywhere and we encourage our members to donate to organizations fighting longstanding racial injustice.
Click here for a list of organizations and resources compiled by SCBWI:
Art Prompt Contest
Congratulations to the winner of the SCBWI Carolinas WIN Facebook Page Monthly Art Prompt Contest,
Her winning image below illustrates the prompt:
Thank you to all of our participants!
The June prompt has been announced, so be sure to 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 June 30th. 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 month's newsletter. An artist can win once per calendar year. See the Facebook page for additional details.
UPDATE: THE CAROLINAS REGION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
We are thrilled to announce the following faculty who have agreed to participate in this year's online conference.
Aram Kim- Macmillan Children's Publishing
Kirk Benshoff- First Second Books
Brian Geffen- Editor, Macmillan
Kate Meltzer- Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
Katie Grimm- Don Congdon Associates
Chelsea Eberly- Greenhouse Literary
Kelly Dyksterhouse- Raven Quill
More agents to be announced soon!
Keynotes by authors
Sheila Turnage and Tameka Fryer Brown
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.
ATTENTION WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS!
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 and manuscript critiques will still be available! With this new format, you will be required to send your illustrator portfolios and manuscripts to your reviewing faculty 6 weeks in advance of your critique session. All manuscripts will be conducted via email. We wanted to give you heads up at this point as this format will require more work ahead of time. We are very excited about our faculty and will continue providing details as we have them. Thanks!
We want to blast your good news throughout our social media, so please send it our way!
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:
Check out the CRITIQUE GROUP CENTRAL area of our webpage to find a critique group near YOU!
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
Jane has been a member of SCBWI since 2002. She is the author-illustrator of the 6-book CHLOE ZOE picture book series, published by Albert Whitman & Company.
Jane earned her BFA in illustration from the Columbus College of Art & Design before beginning her career in publishing as an art director of children’s novelty books.
Currently, Jane creates artwork for a variety of publishing and art licensing clients. She is excited to share that her new picture book, HELLO, NEW HOUSE, is releasing this fall with publisher Albert Whitman & Company. It’s based on her real-life coast-to-coast move from Los Angeles, CA to Wilmington, NC.
Jane is also currently working on artwork for her next picture book, MISS MEOW, which will release in fall 2021 with West Margin Press. She is represented by Nicole Tugeau of the Tugeau2 Art & Literary Agency.
For more information, please visit her website:
For information about her books:
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.
This logo is in the lower right of our SCBWI Carolinas chapter homepage.
Some Inspiring News From the World!
SpaceX made history on May 30th, with the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
The launch, titled ‘Demo-2’, served as the final demonstration mission in the human rating process of
Crew Dragon and Falcon 9. At the close of this mission, the launch vehicle will officially be certified for operational use for regular transportation of people to space.
As authors and illustrators, inspiration is all around us, and its stories like these that can spark an idea and prove that anything is possible.