Upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV Regional Events

Talk about jam-packed! Wow, have you visited our SCBWI MD/DE/WV website lately? We have lots of excellent, awesome activities lined for the fall, so I thought I’d post another round of announcements and reminders. So get those calendars out!

Conference Postcard Contest – Due October 16th


Each year, we have a contest to design the postcard that goes out to regional members, announcing the upcoming annual conference. This gives the illustrator a chance to have their work highlighted. This year’s theme is From Dreaming to Doing. Deadline for submission is October 14, 2016. The winner will be announced around October 30.


Requirements: You must be a current SCBWI member living in MD/DE/WV to enter.

Theme: Our Conference this year is named “From Dreaming to Doing” use your imagination to create an image that exemplifies this theme idea.

Text: Please leave space for the text “From Dreaming to Doing” MD/DE/WV SCBWI, March 18-19, 2017. If you are a designer feel free to include typography in your submission, but please be prepared to supply an illustration without text as well.

Color or Black & White: We welcome full color or black and white submissions.

Layout: The postcard size is 4×6 with 1/8” bleed on all sides. Your illustration may be larger but will need to proportionally fit 4×6 when reduced. Illustration needs to be provided at 300 dpi high resolution at 4×6 size in jpg or pdf format. Horizontal or Vertical formats are welcome.

To Submit: Email submission as jpg or pdf attachment to Rebecca Evans at mddewv-ic@scbwi.org no later than October 14, 2016. Include your name and contact information in the email, but not the attachment, to be forwarded anonymously to the judging committee.

Prize: The winner will receive one free admission to the spring conference or a free critique at the conference (winners choice). The winner will be announced by October 30, 2016, and the illustration will be featured when promoting our 2017 Conference!

Write-in/Sketch-in, October 22th


Write-in/Sketch-in for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators at the Finksburg Library, Finksburg, MD on October 22th 1:00 – 4:00pm.

Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, hourly door prizes, and lots of moral support!  Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will also be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. This free program is co-sponsored by Carroll County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP by October 19 here.

Picture Book Academy – November 5th


This conference offers a look at the basics as well as the nitty gritty down-low details of what an editor looks for and what an art director wants to see. Find out how illustrations and words working together can help your picture book rise to the top of the slush pile.

Top-notch faculty at this event includes author/illustrator Henry Cole, author/illustrator Joyce Hesselberth, author/illustrator Jonathan Bean, Scholastic picture book editor Dianne Hess, and Scholastic art director Marijka Kostiw.

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. conference costs $95 for members and $125 for nonmembers and includes lunch.

One-on-one Critiques:

Fifteen minute one-on-one critiques will be available for an additional fee of $45 (members) or $50 (non-members). If you sign up for a picture book manuscript or dummy critique you MUST email a copy (.doc if it is a manuscript, .pdf if it is a picture book dummy), no later than October 8th, to: LoisSzymanski@hotmail.com

If you sign up for a portfolio critique please bring your portfolio the day of the conference.

Rooms at the Best Western may be reserved at the reduced rate of $101.99 per night by calling 410-857-1900410-857-1900 and referencing the SCBWI Picture Book event.

Register online (preferred method of registration,) OR complete registration online and mail check payable to MD/DE/WV SCBWI:

  • Picture Book Academy Registration
  • PO Box 2834
  • Montgomery Village, MD 20886

For more information email – mddewv-ic@scbwi.org,  registration deadline is October 22, 2016.

MD/DE/WV CritiqueFest – November 12th

scrolling-banner3Warm up for the March 2017 conference! Get your middle grade or young adult manuscript in shape!

Join us for a manuscript critique workshop led by our Published and Listed (PAL) members. The workshop begins with a panel discussion on giving and receiving critiques. Attendees will then break into small groups to critique each other’s manuscripts, with each round table moderated by one of our PAL members. We will also have a brief pitch workshop led by PAL members, after which attendees will return to their small groups to provide feedback on each other’s pitches.

Questions about any aspect of this event should be sent to mddewv@scbwi.org.

Faculty for this event is:

  • Mary Amato
  • Laura Bowers
  • Karen Hattrup
  • Kara Laughlin
  • Debbie Levy
  • John Micklos
  • Lisa Pires
  • Lois Szymanski

Individual additional critiques will be offered in advance. (Click here for more details as well as to learn more about the round table.)

Cost to attend the CritiqueFest is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Please register by November 4, 2016. Payment by PayPal or credit card through PayPal (recommended and encouraged). For payment by check, register online, then send a check, made out to MD/DE/WV SCBWI to:

  • c/o Sue Poduska
  • PO Box 2834
  • Montgomery Village, MD 20886

Please note on the check that it is for the CritiqueFest.

And there you have it! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Until then, I hope to see you at one of these events and happy writing/drawing!


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes 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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