Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • The American Library in Paris is hosting the first ever Teen Author Smash where you'll get a chance to meet young adult authors, ask lots of questions, and get books signed. Saturday, April 25 from 7:30-9:00pm
  • SCBWI Will Kick Off Its Seventh Undiscovered Voices Anthology with a Free, Online Event on 9 May Once again SCBWI British Isles plans to help fresh, new voices in children’s literature find agents and publishers through its Undiscovered Voices project. Authors and illustrators from the six previous anthologies have received publishing contracts for nearly 250 books and have been nominated for or won more than 150 of literary prizes: including the Carnegie Medal, Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize, Branford Boase Award, Blue Peter Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and more than 30 regional awards. The Undiscovered Voices team will launch Undiscovered Voices 2020 with a free, online event on Facebook: Thursday 9 May 2019 7 – 8 p.m. On the SCBWI TV British Isles Facebook Page The event will consist of a panel discussion with the judges, who will offer valuable advice for those planning to submit to the anthology. To attend, you must be a member of SCBWI in the UK or EU and sign up for the event on the British SCBWI website HERE We are thrilled to announce this year’s stellar judging panel: Helen Boyle, Literary and Illustration Agent at Pickled Ink Aimée Felone, Co-founder of Knights Of Annalie Grainger, Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Stephanie King, Commissioning Fiction Editor at Usborne Publishing Polly Nolan, Literary Agent at Greenhouse Literary Agency Alice Sutherland-Hawes, Children’s Agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency Clare Wallace, Literary Agent at Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency The Undiscovered Voices anthology will include at least twelve fiction extracts – from early readers up through young adult novels – from SCBWI members in the UK and EU. The anthology will be published in February 2020 and sent free of charge to editors and agents whose focus is children’s literature. The book is produced with the financial support of Working Partners Ltd, a London-based company that creates series fiction. This Undiscovered Voices anthology will not include illustrations this time. The SCBWI illustrator team is working on creating a programme specifically designed to support SCBWI illustrators. Submissions will be accepted between 1st June to 15th July 2019 via an online submissions process. There is no submission fee, but only un-agented and unpublished members of SCBWI living in the UK and Europe (writing in the English language) are eligible. For more details and to sign up for news and updates on Undiscovered Voices, visit
  • Are you ready to Take Your Work to the Next Level? Join us! Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland Willkommen!   Bienvenue!   Benvenuto!   Bainvegnì!   Welcome! The Swiss chapter of SCBWI welcomes you to the fourth biennial SCBWI Europolitan conference. We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us! Whether you’re at the beginning of your journey to publication, or an experienced traveller along that road, we have workshops designed to help you take your work to the next level. You can take a look at the schedule in greater detail here. We know that one of the most important things about the Europolitan is the chance to meet and get to know other people who are also working on projects for young readers, so we’ve got plenty of chances for you to meet, greet and get feedback on your work. •   On Friday afternoon, May 3rd, you can take a walking tour of Zürich, sketch animals or humans at the zoo, or dive into your work in progress in the company of other writers and/or illustrators (costs covered by each person individually). We hope your travel schedule will allow you to join in the fun and meet the other attendees! Later on Friday, publisher Nord-Süd is generously offering our attendees a behind-the-scenes look at a picture book publishing house. (Due to space considerations, places will be limited). •   On Monday, May 6th, there will be a Peer Critique Breakfast. Participants will be assigned to small groups which will exchange manuscript excerpts prior to the conference. After breakfast on Monday, the groups will meet and share their feedback. •   There is a portfolio contest for illustrators, as well as manuscript critique and portfolio review opportunities.  •   What better way to end each conference day than chatting with other people working in the same creative discipline, or from your own SCBWI region? We’ll have networking groups on both Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to welcoming you to Europolitan in Switzerland! REGISTRATION DATES Early Bird Registration opens 8 AM, Sunday, 6. January, 2019 closes midnight, Thursday, 28. February, 2019 Regular Registration opens 1. March, 2019
  • Looking for Critique Partners? Join the Europe-wide SCBWI member Critique Partner database! Connect with other writers and illustrators in your region and beyond to get valuable feedback on your works-in-progress. For more information, email Elizabeth Brahy at  
  • Members Sarah, Gudrun and Lindsey met for breakfast during our annual June 21 Scrawl Crawl.
  • Highlighting the work of our members at the Bologna Book Fair SCBWI stand

SCBWI France was launched in June 1996 and is now a dynamic group from a variety of countries and backgrounds. About half of the SCBWI France membership is made up of published authors and illustrators; the other half is comprised of aspiring creatives and industry professionals.

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Looking for Critique Partners? Join the Europe-wide SCBWI member Critique Partner database! Connect with other writers and illustrators in your region and beyond to get valuable feedback on your works-in-progress. For more information, email Elizabeth Brahy at