Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • At SCBWI IA/MN, we recognize that publicly committing to equity and inclusion is crucial to our membership and the readers we serve. As authors, illustrators, and translators, we believe that words, stories, and images are powerful: They define who we are for ourselves and for others.    We accept the challenge and responsibility of becoming agents of change by affirming the need for increased representation in every facet of the children’s and YA book industry, including but not limited to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity (including gender expression), socioeconomic status, citizenship, body size, veteran status, and religion.    To fulfill our mission of supporting the creation and availability of quality books for every young reader in all regions of the world, we commit to championing equity and inclusion throughout our organization by offering the following : Five (5) SCBWI memberships for 2021 valued at $80.00 Five (5) SCBWI IA/MN 2021 Spring Conference entry fees valued at $75.00.   Qualifications: Must be an Iowa or Minnesota resident, at least 18 years of age, belong to an underrepresented facet in SCBWI, and is a writer and/or illustrator of children’s literature.   Deadline:  Applications are due by 5:00 PM (Central Time) February 10, 2021.   To Apply: Email your name, your email address, and your identity that has traditionally been underrepresented by the publishing industry to Eileen Boggess at    All qualified entries will be drawn at random and notified on February 11, 2021.
  • Hi All! We're so excited to share some exciting things that have been happening around our region with our authors & illustrators. Below is a list of some of the highlights from this past quarter: Stacy Ebert - Debut Picture Book Release: Stacy's second children's book, but debut picture book, Hello World! releases April 6, 2021. Illustrated by her, written by NYT bestselling author, PBS show and podcast host of Tell Me More, Kelly Corrigan. They are also collaborating on a second picture book for 2022. Both published by Penguin Random House/Flamingo Books, with esteemed editor, Margaret Anastas. Learn more about her and the new PRH imprint being launched with three titles including hers.  Hello World! even made it on the Brightly site's
  • We'd love for you to participate in the January 20 critique session. Please complete the following form by January 18 at 8p.m. CST. Here's a reminder of the format and guidelines: Join IMOCC 4 PB: Iowa-Minnesota Online Critique Club for Picture Book Writers and Illustrators! Who: Members of Iowa-Minnesota SCBWI What: Provide and procure helpful feedback on writing and artwork Where: Zoom meeting When: 7:30-9:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning January 20th, 2021 How: Follow these easy-peasy steps 1. Fill out the Google form here by the Monday before each meeting 2. Be prepared with a copy of the manuscript/dummy to read to a group of 4-5 others. 3. Watch your email for a Zoom link and join the meeting
  •   Save the Date for the 2022 Marvelous Midwest SCBWI Conference! This multi-region conference is designed to give you a large SCBWI NYC or LA conference experience closer to home.  Featuring over 35 faculty members sharing content for writers and illustrators that will move your Works In Progress -- and your career -- forward. Make industry connections. Get a portfolio review or critique. Gain access to acquiring editors, agents, and art directors. Find your people and make lasting relationships.  Start your planning now to join in! Much more information to come. Stay tuned.
  • Let the Wild Rumpus Start! - Spring Online Conference April 23-25th on Zoom Registration open Saturday, February 13th @ 9AM CST   Visit the event page here for more information!
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SCBWI-IA/MN Spring Conference on Zoom
More information to come
The weekend of April 23-25, 2021
Registration open Saturday, February 13th @ 9:00am
  • Jessica Anderson, Associate Editor at Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Macmillan
  • Kirk Benshoff, Art Director First Second Books
  • Luana Horry, Editor at HarperCollins Publishers
  • Aneeka Kalia, Editor at Viking Children’s Books (Penguin Random House)
  • Joe Hox, Illustrator
  • Jenny Moyer, Author
  • Bao Phi, Author
  • Melissa Richeson, Agent at Storm Literary Agency
  • Kristen Schroeder, Author
Non-Fiction Day!
September 18th, 2021 -- Online Conference
More information to come.

Fall Retreat
October 22-24th, 2021
Prairiewoods in Hiawatha, Iowa. More information to come!

2022 Events:
  • April 1-3, 2022: Marvelous Midwest in Davenport, IA