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Hello, Carolinas! It's Ashley, Becky, Elizabeth, & Erica

1. Conference Countdown: 3 Weeks

Can you believe it's almost here?! See below for a few last-minute reminders.

  • Registration is STILL OPEN! Sign Up Today

  • COVID Policy: As per SCBWI Headquarters, attendees are required to submit proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of attendance. Attendees who do not send their information ahead of time must show vaccine cards and/or negative PCR tests at the registration desk to gain entry to the conference. Read full COVID Policy.

  • If you registered for a manuscript critique, career consultation, or portfolio review, watch your inbox for an email with a link to a SignUpGenius form. This is how you will schedule your critique slot. The email will be sent out on Monday, September 19th at 7 pm EST.

A piece of conference advice from Megan Hoyt, the Carolinas Regional Member Outreach Coordinator:

For new members thinking about attending:

Attention new members! We hope you have taken advantage of all the online resources SCBWI has to offer. And now, it’s time to sign up for the annual SCBWI Carolinas Conference! At the conference, you will meet likeminded authors and illustrators who are on the same journey, attend craft sessions to tighten and advance your skills, and be inspired by authors, agents, and editors throughout the weekend. Looking for a critique group? Come to the conference and connect with other local authors. And remember, if you have any questions, we are here for you!

For new members who are already attending: 

Already registered for the conference? If this is your first time attending, you are going to love it! The breakout sessions will enlighten you. The larger sessions will inspire you. But above all, this is where you will make lifelong friends and find community. Try not to be overwhelmed by the firehose of new information on craft and the publishing business. Whether you take small sips or guzzle big gulps, build in moments of rest, and remember, the road to publishing is a winding one. We are all here to support one another! So relax, ask questions, soak it all in. You are welcome here! 


2. Calling Indie & Self-Pub Members

Your time in the Spotlight!

What it is: Be a featured creator in the Member Spotlight section of this monthly newsletter, which has 3,000+ subscribers. We will highlight members who are self-published or published by an independent publishing house. To be featured, email Ashley Belote the following information:

  • Author or Illustrator Name
  • Publications
  • A link to your website
  • Headshot

3. Ignite the Spark!

***Our last meeting before conference!***

What is it? The Carolinas' favorite monthly meet-up, every third Tuesday on Zoom

You in? SIGN UP for this month's meeting: Sept. 20th from 7:30-8:30 pm ET

*Sign Up closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on September 19th.*

4. September Book Fairies

To support new releases by our PAL members, contact your local library, schools, and booksellers to request this month's titles:

The Whispering Fog

by Landra Jennings

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Moon Tree 

by member Carolyn Bennett Fraiser

Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

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Story Quilts--Appalachian Women Speak

by member Shannon Hitchcock

Illustrated by Sophie Page

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Coats of Arms:

An Introduction to The Science and Art of Heraldry

Written & Illustrated by Marc Fountain

Book Details

Publisher Details

Have a new release coming?

PAL members, watch your inbox for the monthly Book Fairies email.

5. Interviews, Illuminating & Insightful

Artwork by K.A.K. Lecky

Winner of the August drawing for our First Look interview is author Dorothy H. Price.

Have a new release coming? PAL members, watch your inbox for the monthly Book Fairies email.

6. Your Blog Post Here

Don't miss this month's member blog post:

How Self-Publishing Found Me And Important Tips if It Finds You

by Tomeko Brown

Why it matters: This is your place to share tips/experiences from your creative journey!

Spots still available for 2022. Learn how to submit.

7. Educational Opportunities

Photo by Alexander Grey

Lionel Bender, from our 2021 Spring Webinar Series, is offering a webinar on Thurs., Sept. 8 at 2 pm EST. EARNING MONEY AS A CHILDREN’S WRITER is for writers (and illustrators) of all genres and levels and will give advice, hints, tips, and suggestions based on Lionel's career and on the experience of 100+ children’s book writers he has commissioned. Watch it live or the recording thereafter. Find details.

8. Carolinas Critique Connection

Did you know that SCBWI Carolinas has a whole section of our website dedicated to finding, forming, and participating in critique groups? Log in and visit Critique Group Central to learn more. And be sure to visit the critique table at our conference this month!

Looking to form or join a critique group? Contact Carolinas Critique Group Coordinator Carolyn Fraiser (alliteration for the win!).

9. Carolinas Submission Spot

Photo by Janko Ferlic

A Place to Talk About Submitting

This Month: Pelican Publishing, a division of Arcadia Publishing, is accepting unagented submissions from kidlit illustrators and from writers of picture books, middle grade, and young adult. They publish "an average of 30 new titles a year, related to identifiable regions around the United States (especially the South)." 

Meet Our Featured Illustrator


With a unique blend of counseling and fine art degrees, I write and illustrate children’s picture books that encourage emotional intelligence and resilience through humor and imagination.

Elizabeth serves as Assistant Regional Advisor to SCBWI Carolinas