Meet Boston Public Library’s 2015-2016 Children’s Writer in Residence Jennifer De Leon

Posted on: September 22, 2015

The Associates’ of the Boston Public Library this month announced the winner of this year's Children’s Writer in Residence fellowship is Jennifer De Leon of Milton, MA. Our congratulations go out to her for this well-deserved honor. 

On Wednesday, September 30, BPL will be hosting a reception to officially welcome Jennifer as their 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence. They will also bid a fond farewell to their 2014-2015 writer, Natalie C. Anderson.

Details follow (click to embiggen):


The Call for Workshop Proposals: NESCBWI 2016 Spring Conference

Posted on: May 23, 2015

The Power of (RE) INVENTION

April 29th through May 1st, 2016, in Springfield, MA.

Being successful as a writer or illustrator means changing what doesn’t work, and that means reinvention.

That’s why our theme this year is The Power of (RE) INVENTION.

We want to empower our conference attendees to reinvent their brand, their work, or their tools, and leave the conference ready to take the next step in their kidlit career.

We’re looking for workshops that span the gamut from solid craft workshops to workshops that delve into a re-inventive aspect of publishing, writing, or illustrating. For instance, how to reinvent a career by writing in new genres, using inventive technology to pull in reluctant readers, or reinventing brand to start up a stalled career. Be creative and inspire us with your workshop proposals!

We receive hundreds of proposals each year. There are always exceptions, but the majority of workshops we accept are from New England SCBWI members who submit as a single presenter and give more than one workshop at the conference. Feel free to submit three or four workshops so we have choices.

We start building our supportive community now, and we give preference to presenters who have been respectful, honest, and thoughtful to the needs of our conference goers in the past. We also love to bring in some new authors, agents, editors, art directors, and workshop presenters. The job of faculty at the conference is to impart their expertise in a way that attendees can hear it.

  • Submissions open for SCBWI PAL members on June 1, 2015.
  • Submissions open for everyone on July 1, 2015.
  • Submissions close at midnight on August 1, 2015.

We will let people know the status of their submission by the end of October, 2015.

Before you start the submission process, please have the following information handy:

  1. Your bio. We post bios online with our conference information. Your bio must be under 125 words, or we will trim.
  2. A great title and workshop description. These will also be posted online at our registration website. This description must be under 250 words and must convey everything an attendee would need to know to chose your workshop.
  3. Learning outcomes—three or more concrete lessons or tangible tools that attendees can gain from your workshop.
  4. Name and email of your co-presenter, if you have one.
  5. Outline or longer description of your workshop so we have a clear view of what you will be discussing.
  6. Please write and edit this information ahead of time, then copy and paste the answers in our online form so the information is free of typos and mistakes. We pull accepted workshop proposal information from this form and post it online in our registration website.

If you are an agent, editor, or art director who would like to attend our conference, please sign up through the workshop proposal form as well.

See our FAQ through here:

The #NESCBWI16 workshop proposal form is available for SCBWI PAL members at this link.  Submissions open for everyone else on July 1st.

Questions? Please email Heather Kelly, Josh Funk, or Marilyn Salerno at nescbwi16(at)gmail(dot)com.

Submission Period Opens for Crystal Kite Awards

Posted on: March 18, 2014

Each year, the SCBWI awards the Crystal Kite to outstanding PAL books published in the previous year from 15 SCBWI Divisions around the world. The books are chosen by the SCBWI membership who vote for the best title in their division.

If you had a PAL book published in 2013, the deadline to submit your book is March 26th. Even if you did not have a book published in 2013 please remember to vote! We will send out a reminder when voting opens.

Entrance Eligibility:

  1. You must be a current member to nominate your book.
  2. Nominated books must be a PAL book published in 2013. Click here for more information on PAL publishers.
  3. Self-Published books are not eligible and therefore cannot be nominated.


  1. Enter your book by adding it to your publications on your member profile
  2. Indicate that you would like the book entered by clicking the box.
  3. We have strict anti-spamming rules. Once your book is entered, you may promote the award on social media and to personal friends but you may not:

    • Send emails to people you do not know to promote your book
    • Use the SCBWI messaging system to promote your book
    • Use any SCBWI discussion board or listserve to promote your book

Doing any of these will immediately flag your book for potential disqualification for the Crystal Kite Awards.

Winners are announced in May in a press release and across all SCBWI social media and our website. Winners receive an engraved crystal kite award, an opportunity to present at a regional conference, a special sticker for their winning book, the opportunity to submit a proposal for presentation at either our summer or winter conference.

Enter your books today and then vote for your favorites!

Boston Public Library seeks Children’s Writer-in-Residence

Posted on: March 5, 2014

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its eleventh Children’s Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children's author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend and an office at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from September 2014 through May 2015. Applications must be postmarked by April 1st. To learn more about the program & prior winners please see: The application form can be found here:

The Marguerite W. Davol Picture Book Critique Scholarship

Posted on: October 29, 2013

NE-SCBWI is glad to offer a new scholarship for a picture book manuscript critique that honors the memory of Peg Davol, a longtime SCBWI member and author of picture books including The Paper Dragon, illustrated by Robert Sabuda, which won the Golden Kite Award. Peg was the mother of grown children and a retired preschool teacher when she began writing most seriously, and then was rarely seen without a yellow pad of paper. She may never have missed a NE-SCBWI conference, and many of you may remember her as the person with white curls, dangling earrings likely to be shaped like red lizards or purple dragonflies, and a big infectious smile.

The Marguerite W. Davol Picture Book Critique Scholarship will be given to two NE-SCBWI members each year: one to a published member and one to a pre-published member. This year, the published winner will receive a critique from Jane Yolen, a founding member of SCBWI and author of over 300 books, and the pre-published winner from Mary Brigid Barrett, an author and illustrator who has taught both children's book writing and illustrating at The Rhode Island School of Design. After working with Jane or Mary Brigid, the winners will receive a free critique at the NE-SCBWI annual spring conference. Recipients will need to register for at least one day of the NE-SCBWI conference.

This year's judges are writers Jeannine Atkins, Jo Knowles, and Ellen Wittlinger. They will be looking for distinguished language in this genre that may be a child's introduction to literature, and a sense of hope, joy, and perhaps humor or sadness. The work should be entertaining or enlightening primarily to the child, but also to the adult who reads aloud. Manuscripts should be submitted as they'd be sent to a publisher, but please don't put your name on the pages. Instead, include a separate cover letter with contact information. We ask that you don't exceed a thousand words, and remind you that in this short form, every word matters, for both meaning and sound.

Manuscripts are due December 15 and should be sent to: That is also the email to use for any questions.