Applications Open: Maplewood South Orange Book Festival


Submissions and proposals for children’s authors and illustrators interested in participating in next year’s Maplewood South Orange Book Festival are open until January 4. Click here for more info.


Event Recap: Publicity 101 With Susanna Reich

By Janae Marks

On Saturday, November 17th, the SCBWI Westchester chapter hosted award-winning children’s/YA author and former publicist Susanna Reich for an informative workshop at the First Baptist Church in White Plains. Both published and pre-published writers and illustrators benefited from the information Susanna shared about how to market your book and work with a publicist. Even if you don’t have a book deal yet, there are things you can do right now to prepare for when you do.

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2018 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

Scenes from the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival below – it was a gorgeous day filled with sunshine and books.

MEMBERS: Local members David Neilsen, Amalia Hoffman, and Betsy Aldredge hung out at SCBWI Westchester’s table to meet children and promote their work. Many of our other local PAL members had tables at the event, including Veera Hiranandani, Jerry Pinkney, Susanna Reich, Alyssa Capucilli, Gary Golio, and Eric Velasquez.

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Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant Deadline: 11/1


Critically acclaimed children’s book author SCBWI board member Jane Yolen created a grant to honor the contributions of mid-list authors.  The grant awards $3,000 to mid-list authors and aims to help raise awareness about their current works-in-progress.  Learn more about this grant here.