Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 2017

Happy Holidays everyone!


2017 is almost over and whether it was a good year for you or a not-so-good year, I think we can all agree that hopefully 2018 won’t contain quite so much drama.


Regional December Meetups




Hamburg’s holiday meet-up is on December 9th at 10am. Meet point is the Balzac coffee on Ottenser Hauptstraße in Altona, near the Hamburg-Altona train and bus station. Creative time will be followed by a visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt nearby. If interested, please contact Catherine at:





Instead of a critique afternoon, members will meet up for some much needed creative time. Date and time to be determined. If interested please contact Twyla at:





The Stuttgart group doesn’t have a meeting scheduled in December but we’ll meet again in January on a date (not yet confirmed but after the school holidays). It would be great if members could bring their favourite / most useful book on craft to share with the group and we’ll also set ourselves some creative goals for 2018. For more information, please contact Catherine at:





The next Creative Tuesday is on Dec. 12, 9:30 at Sanne’s studio. The focus will be on drawing hands. For more information please contact Sanne at:




General SCBWI News


SCBWI at the Bologna Book Fair


2018 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair will be held in Bologna from 26th – 29th March, 2018. The SCBWI will have another wonderfully packed showcase for our members and the worldwide publishing community.

Features of our presence include:

* showcasing the work of our members in our booth

* portfolio reviews

* our Illustrators Gallery

* the NEW Digital Catalogue – now available for ALL PAL books published since January 2016

* our NEW Duelling Illustrators Manuscript competition for unpublished picture book manuscripts.

* portfolio reviews

* and the renowned Duelling Illustrators.


If you are interested in having your 2016 or later published PAL book in the catalogue, please visit for more information. The SCBWI will be actively promoting the digital catalogue with publishers from around the world. It will also be available through this website and provided on promotional material distributed at the fair.

For the first time the SCBWI will be calling for submissions of unpublished picture book manuscripts for our famous Duelling Illustrators. The submissions will be evaluated by our judges and the selected manuscripts will be read during the duels at the Bologna Showcase. The #1 entry will receive a written critique and an invitation to submit their work to this year’s judge.


Call for Submissions

This opportunity is open to all SCBWI members from our worldwide membership. Manuscript submissions for the Duelling Illustrators will be open from January 17 to January 31, 2018.


For more information visit:



Undiscovered Voices


After months of waiting, the longlist of finalists for this year’s anthology has been announced. As ever, the quality of submissions was extremely high and the judges had a very difficult time deciding.


The Undiscovered Voices team endeavours to create an anthology that showcases the variety of writing and illustration available from SCBWI members in the British Isles and the European Union.  The goal of the anthology is not only to help the selected authors and illustrators to find agents and editors, but also to promote the quality of work abounding in SCBWI in Europe.


For more information about Undiscovered Voices and to see who’s been selected visit:




Other Non-SCBWI news of interest:


If you are in Vienna this winter, there are a few events that may interest you:


SCBWI member Paul Malone will be writing spontaneous Christmas stories for visitors to the Purkersdorf Chistmas market on Saturday 16th of December. Proceeds to UNICEF.  Details here:


UK Y.A. novelist, Keith Gray is running a writing workshop in mid January in Vienna. More information can be found here:



If you know of other kid-lit related events that may be of interest to other members, please send me an email by Dec. 31st and I will put it in the next newsletter if appropriate.




As always, Sanne and I would like to wish everyone a joyous holiday season and the best possible start to 2018!



Patti and Sanne