SCBWI in New England
The New England region was established in 1972 as the very first SCBWI region. For New England residents, membership in SCBWI automatically confers membership in one of the three New England regions at no additional fee: New England North (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont), New England Central (Massachusetts), and New England South (Connecticut and Rhode Island).
New England SCBWI resources include:
- Critique Groups
- Regional Listserv
- Regional Email List
- Regional Newsletter
- CONNECTIONS Speaker Directory
- NESCBWI Member Blogs
- Annual Regional Conference
- Workshops and Events
- Memory Fund
- New England SCBWI on Facebook
New England is an active and busy region for writers and illustrators of children's books and magazines. Over the years, our members have published at least 4,000 books and nearly 3,000 stories, articles, poems, games, plays and essays. Read the News & Events section of this website for up-to-date information about all that we have to offer, and the History section for more information about our rich past.
New England was home to the first-ever SCBWI critique group, and still hosts the world's longest continually-running SCBWI critique group. To check out the history of our critique groups, click here!
SCBWI Critique Groups are held, usually on a monthly basis, in communities throughout each region. Some groups meet in libraries; others, in homes. Each group is unique, shaped by the talents of the Critique Group Representative and the participants. An online list of SCBWI Critique Groups is updated frequently, and the New England Critique Groups Coordinator is available to help and advise prospective representatives on adding new critique groups to our network. New England SCBWI Critique Groups may also apply for grants to run small, local programs.
Please send your questions or suggestions to Critique Group Coordinator Stacy Mozer at the following address:
The New England SCBWI Listserv is a great way to keep in touch with other members who have similar interests. It's also a great way to network, to find out about upcoming events and opportunities and changes in both SCBWI and the publishing industry in general. The New England SCBWI Listserv is available to SCBWI members from anywhere in the world. Most announcements are about events in New England, but in our discussions we value the experience of all writers and illustrators for children.
An email list, or listserv, is a way of communicating with a group of people via email. Instead of sending an email to one person and then seeing his or her reply, you can send an email to every member of the mailing list at once. These messages will be seen or received only by other members of the group--in this case, only SCBWI members who have subscribed.
Regional Email List
Would you like to be "in the know"? Want to receive information about New England SCBWI events, be the first to get dates of the next Annual Spring conference, receive a link to registration and calls for volunteers, and learn about events in your area and important information from your region? You'll never have to worry about missing important news again if you join the new New England SCBWI Email List.
This new email list is different from the long-running New England SCBWI Listserv. On the listserv, you join a community of SCBWI members. In addition to messages regarding regional events, you'll receive news about the children's book business and opportunities to discuss these topics with fellow SCBWI members. We encourage you to join both.
The New England NEWS, the bi-monthly newsletter of our three regions, is the longest continually-published SCBWI regional newsletter. For more about the history of The NEWS, click here.
Each issue of The New England NEWS carries pertinent articles, announcements of classes, art shows, competitions, publishers needs and activities throughout the area. The achievements of our members are also highlighted, and your contributions are welcomed and encouraged. In an often lonely and isolating business, The NEWS is a lamp of encouragement, hope, and support. If you are serious about your career, it is the key that can unlock many doors.
We're excited to report that The NEWS, available previously available only by subscription in a printed format, has moved to online distribution, free to New England SCBWI members through the SCBWI website.
CONNECTIONS Speaker Directory
CONNECTIONS is a database of New England SCBWI authors and illustrators who are available for school and library speaking dates. This list of names, descriptions of school visit programs and contact information will be emailed to subscribers twice a year, in September and June. There is no cost to either the authors/illustrators listing with us, or the subscribers receiving this information.
Annual Regional Conference
New England SCBWI offers an annual conference in the spring. 2011 marked our 25th annual conference event, and 2012 promises to bring another great mix of presentations and workshops designed to assist the novice and encourage the established professional. Members receive reduced conference tuition.
Each year, some of the best conference workshops are repeated at an Encore! event in the fall.
Workshops and Events
In addition to the annual conference, New England SCBWI organizes smaller events and workshops for writers and illustrators. Each New England region occasionally sponsors area workshops that give members opportunities to learn and to network with peers. These get-togethers range in scope from workshops on one aspect of producing children's books, to day tours, to "teas" hosted by bookstores for published New England SCBWI members.
The New England SCBWI Memory Fund
In July 2005, we lost two friends and passionate contributors to children's literature: Illustrator Ann Barrow and Writer Ruth Landers Glass. This loss inspired New England SCBWI to begin thinking about ways to honor these and other lost friends.
Because SCBWI was so important to both Ann and Ruth, we have decided the best way to remember these two remarkable people would be to continue their passion for helping other writers and illustrators by offering a scholarship in each of their names that would allow a writer and an illustrator to attend the New England event of their choice in the next calendar year for free.
THE ANN BARROW ILLUSTRATORS SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline April 20, 2011
Ann Barrow, an important member of SCBWI New England, illustrated over 20 children's books including Big Blue, published by Charlesbridge in 2004, Butterflies in My Garden, published by Mondo in 2003 and Growing up Abenaki, written by Joseph Bruchec, published by Rigby in 2003. Her career began in 1977 and included book jackets, children's magazines, greeting cards, giftware and portraiture. We lost her in 2006 in a tragic accident.
In her memory, SCBWI New England will award a scholarship to the 2012 New England conference.
To apply for the Ann Barrow Illustrators Scholarship, send 10 images on a non-returnable CD to:
Mansfield, MA 02048.
The Scholarship winner will be selected by the committee and awarded to an illustrator who is registered for the 2011 conference. The scholarship pays full tuition for the 2012 New England Conference (main conference only)
All CD's must be clearly labeled. The CD must be both Windows and Macintosh compatible. Files on the CD must be in JPEG format only (we will not accept any other file format for submission) using the following specifications:
* File size should not exceed 1MB
* Image resolution should be exactly 150 DPI (not smaller or larger)
* Artist name should appear on the artwork
Entries that do not follow the above guidelines may be removed from the jury process at the discretion of the committee. SCBWI: NE will not be responsible for entries that do not respect the guidelines above, defective media, or CD's which can't be read on our computers. Please test your CD before sending to insure that your files will open directly from the CD.
The applicant MUST be registered for the 2011 conference.
The scholarship is for Saturday tuition only and does not cover any other expenses such as editor critiques, hotel or travel.
THE RUTH LANDERS GLASS WRITERS SCHOLARSHIP
I'm excited to announce the 2011 Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship for NESCBWI writers. As some of you may know, Ruth Landers Glass was an active member in NESCBWI who nurtured aspiring writers. She was an artist, writer and founding member of two Newton, Massachusetts, critique groups which helped many writers move toward publication. The scholarship provides writers with an opportunity to attend the NESCBWI conference.
* You must be a current/active member of SCBWI and a resident of New England.
* All submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 15, 2011.
* All submissions are a maximum of 10 pages. Additional pages will be removed.
* The winner of this year's scholarship will receive free tuition for ONE DAY at the 2012 NESCBWI Conference. The winner will be announced Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the NESCBWI Conference in Fitchburg.
You may submit ONE of the following:
* One (1) picture book manuscript, not to exceed 10 pages
* Three (3) poems, not to exceed 10 pages
* One (1) non-fiction manuscript, not to exceed 10 pages
* Longer fiction (such as chapter book, middle grade, young adult), not to exceed 10 pages
Please include in your submission:
* Name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
* Mark the work Fiction or Non-fiction AND if it is: Picture Book, Poems, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, etc.
Our preferred method of submission is a PDF attachment e-mailed to:
If you cannot send a PDF attachment, you may mail your submission to:
73 Mowry Street
Mendon, MA 01756
I look forward to hearing from you!
ARA - SCBWI New England