Member News & Conference Scholarship Info

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, I have some awesome, amazing …


… to share, so let me jump right in by giving a HUGE congratulations and mighty woo-HOO to Laura Shovan for her recently announced two book deal with Random House!

From Publishers Marketplace:

Poet and educator Laura Shovan’s debut middle-grade novel in verse, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, in which a class of fifth graders learns that their school will be torn down and replaced by a supermarket, and then takes their teacher’s 1960’s political teachings to heart as they fight to save it, to Wendy Lamb at Random House Children’s, at auction, in a two book deal, by Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).

Wow, congratulations, Laura, that’s wonderful news!! 🙂

I’m also happy announce that Ann McCallum will soon be hosting three launch events celebrating the August 5th release of her book, Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds!

Eat_Science_HomeworkHungry readers discover delicious and distinct recipes in this witty companion to Eat Your Math Homework. A main text explains upper-elementary science concepts, including subatomic particles, acids and bases, black holes, and more. Alongside simple recipes, side-bars encourage readers to also experiment and explore outside of the kitchen. A review, glossary, and index make the entire book easy to digest.

Eat Your Science Homework: Recipes for Inquiring Minds is the second in the Eat Your Homework series. Here’s some praise for Eat Your Math Homework:

A yummy way to get parents and kids to more deeply understand math . . . and spend some time together in the kitchen.”—Kirkus Reviews

Mischievous, gap-toothed bunnies rendered in mixed-media collage explore math in the kitchen in this clever activity book.”—Publishers Weekly

Bring math learning into the classroom or family kitchen in a lively way.”—School Library Journal

Witty and smart, this unusually upbeat math book offers edible rewards for learning.”—Booklist

In celebration of the launch of Eat Your Science Homework, Ann will be hosting 3 separate events. Please come to one or all if you can– appropriate for children ages 6-12, their adults, or readers of any age. Rumor has it that there will be free giveaways including some tasty math and science recipes. Hope to see you there!

  • August 9: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History 1:00 p.m. (Located at the corner of 10th and Constitution, Washington, DC)
  • August 10: The National Children’s Museum 1:00 p.m. (Located at 151 St. George’s Street, National Harbor, MD 20745)
  • August 12: Kensington Park Public Library 6:30 p.m. (Located at 4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895)

Congratulations on your upcoming release, Ann!


In case you didn’t receive the recent email sent by co-regional advisor extraordinaire Sue Poduska, here’s the information it contained:

[ETA: Oops, it was actually our other co-regional advisor extraordinaire Sue Peters who sent the message. Sorry, Sue!]

In memory of longtime volunteer Jack Reid, the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Region offers two scholarships (one for a writer and one for an illustrator) to the annual 2-day September conference. This year’s event will take place Sept. 20 and 21, 2014.

Writers wishing to apply should send up to 10 double-spaced pages of a work for children. Illustrators should send up to 3 jpg selections of their work. A cover letter, stating reason for applying, should accompany all entries. When entering, state the year in which you are applying for a scholarship.

Please include your name on your cover letter, but NOT on your actual manuscript or illustration. Submissions will be judged anonymously by the scholarship committee.

In addition to our usual variety of agent, editor, and author talks on Saturday, the fall 2014 conference will feature morning-long workshops on Sunday on picture books, illustration, YA and MG, and Nonfiction. The scholarship will cover these intensives as well as the Saturday activities. We will announce full program and faculty in mid-July. Meanwhile, here is a sneak peek at our Saturday program:

  • Senior Editor Calista Brill, First Second Books, will tell why “This is the Golden Age of Graphic Novels.”
  • Cecily Kaiser, publishing director for Abrams Appleseed, will present, “Bullseye! Making Books that Target the Young Child.”
  • In “Heroes without Capes” author Marc Tyler Nobleman will share his adventures researching and writing about Batman and Superman.
  • Agent Jennifer Laughran will reveal the truth behind many publishing myths.

Please note that applicants must be current SCBWI members, live within our MD/DE/WV region, and not be currently represented by a literary agent or with a project (manuscript or illustrations) currently under contract. Please email entries to The application deadline for this year is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in mid-August.

Please save the Sept. 20 and 21 dates. We look forward to seeing you then.

Happy writing and drawing, everyone! 🙂

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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