NESCBWI Scholarships for the 2015 conference

Posted on: February 9, 2014

Applications are being accepted again this year for the Ruth Landers Glass Writers Scholarship and the Ann Barrow Illustrators Scholarship. All submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by Monday, March 31, 2014.


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. Ann Barrow, a dedicated SCBWI member & teacher, 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. She was killed in 2006 in a tragic accident

Scholarship winners will receive one day's free tuition for the 2015 New England SCBWI Spring Conference or any other NE SCBWI one-day event including Encore, Salon or other one-day workshop that we hold. The scholarship is for tuition only and does not cover any other expenses such as editor critiques, hotel or travel. The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the NESCBWI Conference in Springfield.


General Guidelines:

  • You must be a current/active member of SCBWI and a resident of New England.
  • Applicants MUST be registered for the 2014 New England SCBWI Spring Conference.
  • All submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by Monday, March 31, 2014.
  • Past winners are not eligible (so that we may help jumpstart as many writers & illustrators as possible!).


For the Ruth Glass Scholarship.

* Only UNPUBLISHED manuscripts will be accepted for the scholarship. Circulating manuscripts/manuscripts being read by editors or agents are accepted unless the manuscript is under contract with a publisher.


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 have any questions, please contact me at or


If you cannot send a PDF attachment, you may mail your submission to:

Francine Puckly

73 Mowry Street

Mendon, MA 01756


The Ann Barrow Illustration Scholarship

To apply for the Ann Barrow Illustrators Scholarship, send 10 images on a non-returnable CD by March 31, to:

Margo Lemieux

NESCBWI Scholarship

Box 583

Mansfield, MA 02048


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.

Get your badges here!

Posted on: February 7, 2014

What makes a king out of a slave?
What makes the flag on the mast to wave?


What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk?


What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
What makes the dawn come up like thunder?


What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot?
What have they got that I ain't got?

Courage! I mean, badges!

Thanks to Denise Ortakales for designing these awesome website badges for conference attendees, faculty, and volunteers!

NESCBWI 2014 Twitter Party on Wednesday January 29

Posted on: January 26, 2014

Getting excited for NESCBWI14 yet? In preparation for our February 5 registration kick-off date, we’re hosting a full day Twitter Party on Wednesday, January 29! Using hashtag #NESCBWI14Insider, conference faculty and staff will be answering questions, offering tips, and generally hanging out from 9 a.m. EST – 9 p.m. EST on Twitter. Ask those burning questions, or just lurk for great Insider tips about SCBWI-New England Conference workshops and conference special events.

Twitter party

2014 Conference Site Open

Posted on: January 25, 2014

The 2014 NESCBWI Regional Conference website is now open, with the conference schedule, workshop descriptions, and faculty bios. This is the site where registration will go live on February 5th.


NESCBWI Spring Conference Keynote Reveal

Posted on: November 19, 2013

The New England SCBWI conference committee is very pleased to reveal our conference and our keynote speakers for the 2014 SCBWI New England Regional Conference.

As many of you have already heard, our conference theme is Create Bravely: Make Your Mark. We’ll be talking about taking risks with your craft and in the business, and you’ll notice our adorable mascot The Cowardly Lion art (by the very talented Denise Ortalakes) is bravely taking on his own challenge.

Creating Bravely

Saturday, May 3, 2014: Peter H.Reynolds.

Peter H. Reynolds is the founder of Fablevision Studios ( co-located at The Boston Children's Museum. Peter is also a filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author & illustrator of over 30 books including "The Dot," "Ish," "Sky Color", "The North Star" and has collaborated on books with Alison McGhee (Someday), Judy Blume (Fudge series) and Megan McDonald (The Judy Moody series). Peter is a SCBWI member and has served on a panel at the SCBWI Winter Conference and was the featured speaker at the SCBWI-LA Illustrators' Conference.   He also owns an independent children's bookstore, The Blue Bunny, located in Dedham, Massachusetts. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Fitchburg State University for his 25 years of work in creating positive media for schools and families. (Peter H. Reynolds photo credit: Gretje Ferguson)


Sunday, May 4, 2014: Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers, most recently Seven Stories Up, a middle grade novel that blends history and magic with the power of friendship. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, Laurel also writes picture books, including the forthcoming SWAN: the life and Dance of Anna Pavlova.   Among other honors, Laurel's books have been named  EB White finalists, Sydney Taylor Notable books, Indie Next Picks, and Junior Library Guild Selections.  She lives in Atlanta and online at


We also have a special treat in that The Book Doctors ( will be doing their popular Pitchapalooza with us on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry are the co-founders of The Book Doctors, a company dedicated to helping authors get successfully published, and co-authors of The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published: How To Write It, Sell It and Market It…Successfully! Arielle is also an agent-at-large at The Levine Greenberg Literary Agency as well as the author of eight books. David is the bestselling author of thirteen books, the last of which appeared on the cover of The Sunday New York Times Book Review.  They’ve appeared everywhere from NPR to USA Today, and have taught their workshops on how to get published everywhere from Stanford University to Smith College.



You can find out more about our artist, Denise Ortalakes on her website:

For questions or comments about the conference, please email us at Mark your calendars; registration is scheduled to go live on February 5, 2014. 

2014 Regional Conference Call for Proposals

Posted on: June 11, 2013

The workshop committee of New England SCBWI welcomes proposals for the 2014 Spring conference, "Create Bravely: Make Your Mark," to be held May 2-4, 2014.

Proposal Form Here

Taking risks with our writing or illustrating moves us forward. Sometimes it's a scary step, and it's hard to think outside our comfort zones. This year, proposals focusing on being brave, taking risks, and working outside our comfort zone will take center stage. New England SCBWI is one of the largest SCBWI conferences, and in past we have sold out within a few weeks. We welcome proposals from everyone involved in the world of children's writing and publishing.

In addition to basic workshops, and those focused at general audiences, we'd like to invite more intensive hands-on workshops, as well as Pro-Track proposals. Lecture-style workshops are still welcome as well. We encourage presenters who are traveling from outside New England to submit. However, due to travel costs we'd require anyone traveling a great distance to submit more than one proposal.

Presenters submitting more than one, well-crafted and detailed proposal will receive preferential consideration. You may be asked to present your workshop twice during the conference.

Please note the deadline for proposal submissions is September 2, 2013.

Note: Any proposal for illustration workshops will also be considered for the annual Children's Book Illustrators Symposium.

Important Information

Conference Dates: Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, May 2-4, 2014
Conference Location: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield, MA
To Submit a Proposal: Please complete a conference proposal form. Separate submissions are required for multiple presentations or workshop/intensive versions of the same presentation.
Proposal Due Date: September 2, 2013
Presenter Notification Expected: November 1, 2013
Types of Presentations: 55-minute workshops; 120-minute intensives; or 180-minute studios w/15 minute break.

If you have questions, please contact Kristine Asselin or Natasha Sass at

55-minute workshops

What are we looking for?

  • Presentations that relate to our conference theme of Create Bravely: Make Your Mark.
  • A wide range of presentations for all SCBWI members, including illustrators and writers in all genres.
  • Leveled presentations. We are not trying to find one presentation that everyone can attend. Instead, presenters should direct material toward a specific experience level. For example, an "Pro-level" illustration presentation should not begin with "Why you should carry a sketchbook," and a "beginner's" writing workshop should not address marketing a contracted novel.
  • Presentations that last 55 minutes in their entirety. When planning, leave time for participant questions and any required audiovisual setup.
  • Focused presentations with clear learning outcomes. These should be clear, tangible "final products" that attendees take away. Plan the presentation thinking, "I want participants to leave with these tools or a real understanding of this piece of the craft." A few examples: How to map out an in-depth revision, a step-by-step outline or map, creating a storyboard, A first draft of a non fiction proposal, how to develop initial sketches, etc.
  • Hands-on workshops where attendees spend significant time working on current writing, illustration, or marketing project so they can apply your presentation content to their own work or Engaging lecture-style presentations filled with information that participants can take back to their desks to ponder.
  • Presentations which include a range of examples. Presentations should not focus solely on the presenter's experience or body of work, but rather include additional examples from multiple sources.
  • Presenters who are published members of SCBWI, as well as editors, agents, MFA graduates, and other industry professionals. Past presentation experience is appreciated.

NOTE: Be very specific when designating level of experience, pick only one level. (Beginner, Intermediate, or Pro)

120-minute intensives

Intensive proposals should meet all of the criteria listed above for 55-minute workshops. Also consider the following:

  • 120-minute intensives typically take place on Sunday, but there will be several slots for Pro level workshops.
  • Two hours are provided; so plan exercises or some interactive element in the workshop. An intensive should not only be a lecture.
  • Partner presentations are welcome.

Note: If you apply to present a 55-minute workshop or a 120-minute intensive and we feel your presentation may better fit the other format, we will let you know!

NOTE: Be very specific when designating level of experience, pick only one level. (Beginner, Intermediate, or Pro)

180-minute Intensives

Intensive proposals should meet all of the criteria listed above for both 55-minute and 120-minute workshops. But you must also consider the following:

  • 180-minute, 12 person intensives will focus on Pro level authors or illustrators.
  • Three hours are provided, so plan accordingly for intensive working sessions.
  • These include attendees submitting samples for you to review ahead of time.
  • Past presentation experience and in-depth knowledge of the topic are required.
  • Partner presentations are welcome as long as both are willing to work with a larger number of attendees. Total number in studio would be 24.

NOTE: Be very specific when designating level of experience, pick only one level. (Beginner, Intermediate, or Pro)

Selection Criteria and Topics

Every year SCBWI New England receives many excellent proposals, more than can fit into a conference schedule. Therefore, we must choose on the basis of experience, quality, variety, novelty, travel expenses and other attendant costs, and other factors.

We would love to see presentations on the following topics. If you are an expert on one of these topics, we would love to see your proposal.

Wish List:

  • Workshops that focus on taking risks
  • Technical workshops focusing on new skills
  • Pro level workshops for experienced (not necessarily published) writers and illustrators
  • Hands-on writing workshops that spotlight elements of craft: outlining, story arc, tools, tips, character, dialogue, sketching, etc.
  • Hands-on illustration workshops
  • Beyond the Basics Publishing for intermediate authors or illustrators
  • Developing an idea from conception to completion
  • How to complete a Detailed Novel Outline
  • Secrets of Story Arc
  • How to lay out a picture book dummy
  • How to start your own publishing company
  • Gesture and emotion for illustrators
  • School and library visits and promotion
  • Grassroots Marketing strategies to libraries and other overlooked venues
  • Writing nonfiction articles and short stories
  • Mystery writing, organizing your mystery
  • How to write chapter books
  • How to design an eBook
  • Technical training such as Scrivener, Facebook, Creating a Website, etc.
  • How to apply for SCBWI conference speaking slots: Tips and Tricks
  • Balancing a social media platform
  • Running a small-business in the 21st century
  • How to Draw Children – Anatomy specifics
  • Other markets open to Illustrators – Licensing, magazines, etc.
  • Hand Lettering and how to include it properly in your illustrations
  • Researching Historical Novels – online and at archives
  • The pros and cons of Self Publishing v. Traditional Publishing

If you have questions, please contact Kristine Asselin or Natasha Sass at