SCBWI Illinois


2024 Laura Crawford Memorial Mentorship

Take advantage of this career-changing opportunity! Ready your picture book or chapter book manuscript for editorial submission and publication while growing professionally alongside storied Illinois mentor, Lisa Katzenberger.

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Discover this issue of Illinois' premier literary magazine, by and for Illinois storytellers!

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Join Our Regional Team This Fall

Building on a rich tradition, our Illinois Region anticipates what the next generation of volunteers will contribute to our #kidlit community—will you be among them? Volunteering in Illinois means agency, benefits, an opportunity to contribute, and lifelong connections.


Regional Calendar

Check out the GOOD NEWS complete with Regional Calendar of free programs and opportunities!

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Recordings BY REQUEST

Enjoy unlimited viewings of SUMMER SERIES webinars.

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Free Programming: IL Networks

Anyone can attend any Network, anywhere at anytime! Live, in-person and online meetings are FREE + OPEN TO ALL! Networks focus on craft and industry programming and are our first point of outreach with the wider creative community. See if we're the "write" #kidlit community for you.


2024 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Prize Winner

Congratulations to Antigone D. Blackwell! Her prize-winning YA manuscript, CELESTIAL PROPHESY was chosen as the winner by agent Wendi Lulu Gu, Sandford J. Greenberger Associates | Greenberger Kids!

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Remembering Leone Anderson's 100 years of storytelling

Our Illinois Region gratefully remembers Leone Anderson, our SCBWI-Illinois’ "chapter originator" and longtime Network Representative. Her family has sent word of her April 11th passing. From Esther Hershenhorn. "Lucky us that Lee stepped up almost 40 years ago so WE could become – a singular SCBWI Chapter, a vital community, indeed children’s book creators, growing ourselves and our stories."

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SCBWI-IL Bookstore on

Gifting books this season? You can support BOTH SCBWI-Illinois & independent booksellers by making your purchases through our online bookstore at! Buy books and gift cards through the SCBWI-Illinois bookstore on As an affiliate of, SCBWI-IL will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.


Activate Your SCBWI Membership!

Select Illinois as your Region as you complete the instructions to receive valuable information sent directly to members from your Illinois region.

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Free Networks

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2024 Laura Crawford Memorial Mentorship


Regional Good News


Prairie Wind

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Recordings by Request


2024 Many Voices Prize


2024 SCBWI-IL Illustration Mentorship



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Illinois Regional Events


New to SCBWI-IL?

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Regional Virtual Events

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Our Volunteers

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions, by Avery Udagawa

Meet Our Leadership Team

Jennifer Wagh
Co-Regional Advisor
Deborah Topolski
Regional Advisor
Catherine Ann Velasco
Assistant Regional Advisor
Denise Holmes
Illustrator Coordinator

Keep in touch

To inquire about local events, awards, or opportunities, please email { }