NEW FOR 2022: Carolinas Submission Spot

This year we will publish any submission opportunities we discover
in a new section of the newsletter, Carolinas Submission Spot!
Be sure to check it out to learn about opportunities to share your work.

Learning A-Z, an educational publishing company that creates books and passages (both fiction and nonfiction) for students in grades K-5, is looking for writers!
From editor Hannah Gramson: “We’re currently looking to expand and diversify our pool of work-for-hire writers. These writers are contacted when we have an assignment we think they would be a good fit for, and we work with them to create materials according to our editorial needs. Payment is per project and ranges from $250–$1,250, depending on the grade level.”
To apply, please fill out the Prospective Writer Survey.

If you hear of any submission opportunities we can share with our members,
please email Becky Shillington at
SCBWI Carolinas members are invited to Ignite the Spark by writing—and drawing—microfiction. Hosted by our very own John Strong Linda Gerber!

Ignite the Spark is held every third Tuesday. The next meeting will be on January 18th, from 7:30-8:30 pm EST.

For more information: click here To sign up: click here

Please contact your local library systems, local bookstores, local schools, and other specialty locations that might be interested in our PAL members' newly-released books!

To learn more about our Book Fairies program, click here.

Don't miss our December interview with author/illustrator Ashley Belote! Check out the video here. While you are there, please follow the SCBWI Carolinas YouTube channel!

Critique Group Opening!

The Queen City Critique group meets via Zoom the first Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m. and the third Sunday of each month from 1-3 p.m. If you live in the Charlotte area and would like to join us, please contact Sam and Jenn at for more information!

(This is the group that normally meets at the SouthPark Barnes & Noble. We hope to resume in-person meetings sometime in the future.) 
Don't miss this month's
Pen & Palette blog post:

Creating in Community
by Erica Wood

To read the full post, click here.
*Scam Warning*

Many SCBWI email addresses are receiving emails soliciting illustration work with wording similar to this: 

My name is Darren Parker, I am an academic event organizer and an Apraxia patient. I got your contact details online. I need the service of an artist or illustrator/cartoonist to work on a project for an upcoming workshop.
I will give the idea of what I need to be illustrated/drawn and you can get back to me with the price to get it done. I will pay your fees up front if you want.
Please get back to me for more data

Be alerted, this is a SCAM! 
Featured Illustrator: Elizabeth Rawls
Elizabeth has a unique blend of counseling and fine art degrees, and she writes and illustrates children’s picture books that encourage emotional intelligence and resilience through humor and imagination. She holds a BFA in Art and Teaching Certification from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Currently, Elizabeth is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Carolinas Region and has been an SCBWI member since 2006.

To learn more about Elizabeth and her work, visit:

Follow her!
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Unless otherwise specified, questions about the contents of this newsletter should be directed to one of the following members of the SCBWI-Carolinas Regional Team: Erica Wood (Regional Advisor); Elizabeth Rawls (Assistant Regional Advisor); Becky Shillington (Co-Assistant Regional Advisor); or Ashley Belote (Illustrator Coordinator).

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