March 1, 2018
New York Goes for the Gold
A recap of the 2018 Golden Kite Gala and Winter Conference
The nineteenth annual SCBWI Winter Conference was held February 2-4 at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. Though it was cold and blustery outside, inside the Hyatt, hearts and minds were warmed by a ‘golden’ glow of excitement. This year’s conference featured the first-ever presentation of the Golden Kite Awards in New York City, with guest speaker Chelsea Clinton! Interviews with Golden Kite recipients and presenters can be viewed HERE.
The conference also featured an all-new format that focused on small, craft-oriented masterclasses. The conference kicked off on Friday evening with the Golden Kite Awards Gala. Children’s book author and humanitarian Chelsea Clinton opened the Gala by telling the crowd of industry professionals and conference attendees how books molded her into the person she is today... MORE
Happy Book Birthday program expands
If you have a new book coming out, we hope you are planning to celebrate its release with SCBWI through our Happy Book Birthday program. Nearly sixty authors and illustrators submitted their books for March’s Happy Book Birthday celebration, which you can view  here. 
To further support both creators and children’s literacy worldwide, we’ve added a new feature to Happy Book Birthday: each month we will hold a random drawing among the submissions and will buy ten copies of the winning book, which will then be donated to charities supporting children’s literacy.
Amy Curran won the January/February raffle, and now ten copies of her book Luda the Cavalier Who Could will be sent to Project Night Night. Alison Hughes , the March raffle winner, will have ten copies of Kasey & Ivy sent to Pajama Program.
CLICK HERE to learn how to submit.
SCBWI updates Anti-Harassment Policy
In light of recent events, the SCBWI has unveiled a new anti-harassment policy committed to battling harassment, coercion, discrimination, and intimidation of any kind. It is important to the SCBWI that we provide a safe environment for all of our members, whether at a regional conference, a large international conference, or through interaction on our website. The revised policy contains an updated definition of harassment, as well as a robust code of conduct, reporting procedure, and sanctions on people who are found guilty of harassment. This includes a clear plan for handling all reports and complaints, which will now be reviewed by a panel of independent consultants specializing in issues of harassment. MORE
Illustrator Info
Congratulations 2018 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase winners
Congratulations to the grand prize winner and three honor recipients of the 2018 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Award!

The grand prize winner is Robin Rosenthal of Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Art and is an SCBWI 2014 Summer Conference Portfolio Mentorship recipient, a freelance illustrator, creative director, and co-founder of illustration blog Pen & Oink ( ).

The three honor recipients are Lizzy O’Donnell, Brooke Smart, and Dave Szalay.

CLICK HERE to learn more.
2017 Emerging Voices winners announced
SCBWI has announced Anuradha Rajurkar and Lakita Wilson as the winners of the 2017 On-The-Verge Emerging Voices award. Rajurkar wins for American Betiya , a complex YA novel about a teenage artist grappling with forbidden romance, personal boundaries, and the appropriation of her Indian heritage. Lakita Wilson is the author of Books Like Me , the first book in a planned middle grade series called The SweetPeas, about a group of friends, all young women of color, who speak out for social justice. In Books Like Me , Haley challenges a racist book in the school curriculum and starts her own Vlog to protest for more diverse books in the classroom.

The winning manuscripts will be made available to select agents and editors via a secure website. 
Rajurkar and Wilson will also receive a paid trip to the 2018 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles to meet editors, agents, and other industry professionals.

The On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award is part of the SCBWI’s ongoing effort to foster diverse and underrepresented voices in children’s publishing.This is made possible through the generosity of Sue and Martin Schmitt of the 455 Foundation.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Emerging Voices Award.
SCBWI presents 2017 Spark Award winners
The SCBWI Spark Award recognizes excellence in children’s books published through an independent or non-traditional route.

The 2018 Spark winner in the Books for Older Readers category is Michelle Morgan . Her middle grade novel Flying Through Clouds is about a young man who dreams of becoming an aviator in the 1930s. Morgan is also a playwright and published her first book, Racing the Moon, in 2014. Find out more at .

Laurisa White Reyes is the Spark Honor winner in the Books for Older Readers category for Petals , a middle grade novel about a girl uncovering her family’s secrets in Guatemala.For a complete list of her work, visit .

The Spark Award for Illustrated Book goes to  The Santa Thief, a Christmas tale set in 1920s Pennsylvania, written by Alane Adams and illustrated by Lauren Gallegos . Adams and Gallegos previously teamed up on  The Coal Thief  and  The Egg Thief , which also feature young protagonist Georgie and the lessons he learns during the Great Depression. Find out more on their respective websites,  and .

Author/illustrator Michael Hale won the Spark Honor for Illustrated Books with Bad Monkey Business, a story about a mischievous monkey turning the home of a mild-mannered lady into a zoo.

CLICK HERE to learn about how to apply for the Spark award.
SCBWI Exclusive with...
Alexandra Penfold, Agent, Upstart Crow
Alexandra Penfold is a Literary Agent with Upstart Crow Literary Agency. She represents works for all age ranges and across genres. Some of the books Alexandra has represented include SCBWI Golden Kite winner  Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley (Roaring Brook), Be the Change by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk (S&S), and the 2017 Jumpstart Read for the Record Book, Quackers by Liz Wong (Knopf). Clients include New York Times Best Selling illustrator, Elizabeth Baddeley, Meghan McCarthy, Adam Lehrhaupt, and Suzanne Kaufman, among others. In addition to her work as an agent, Alexandra is the author of several books for children: Eat, Sleep, Poop , illustrated by Jane Massey (Knopf), We Are Brothers, We Are Friends , illustrated by Eda Kaban (FSG), The Littlest Viking , illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Knopf), Food Truck Fest , illustrated by Mike Dutton (FSG) and the forthcoming book, All Are Welcome , illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman (Knopf). Find her on Twitter @agentpenfold or .

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

Congratulations to the February winners! The February prompt word was "Blustery"
Abi Cushman
Laura Zarrin
March's prompt word is: "Growth"
Click Here for Draw This! guidelines
Faces of SCBWI
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SCBWI Metro NY diversity meetup
Carole Boston Weatherford and Raquel Beechner at the Golden Kite Gala
Laurent Linn, Dan Santat, Mike Curato, and Renee Kurilla at the New York Winter Conference
Crystal Allen, Angie Thomas, and Laurie Halse Anderson at the New York Winter Conference
Authors Tammi Sauer, Carolyn Crimi, and Rachel Ruiz at SCBWI Illinois event
First team meeting of the SCBWI Israel chapter
The SCBWI staff poses with Golden Kite keynote speaker Chelsea Clinton