Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

What You Get With Your Membership

  • Access to Free workshops on various Saturdays around the state:

We currently have workshops in the Tampa Bay area, the South Florida area, and the Orlando area. Watch for meeting announcements on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and in our newsletter and email blasts.


  • A Free download of The Book: The Essential Guide to Children’s Publishing, 2016 edition:

This comprehensive publication contains up-to-date marketing lists of publishers, information on how to prepare and submit your work, and more. Get the free download or purchase a hard copy for $10 here:


  • A Free download of SCBWI’s Reading Lists:

This is also an opportunity for PAL* authors to have their books listed. The list goes out to teachers and librarians across the country. Get the Winter 2016 list here:


  • Awards and Grants Opportunities:

The Florida SCBWI sponsors the Rising Kite Contest every fall. Watch our website and Facebook page for announcements. First place winners in each category win a free conference. Get information about many more awards, such as the Crystal Kite (regional) and Golden Kite (national), as well as several grants you might be eligible for:


  • Artist Opportunities:

Showcase art at the Bologna Book Fair’s SCBWI display and on the International SCBWI Illustrator Gallery website:


  • Participation in critique groups:

Various critique groups meet around the state. For more information see our website at: or contact:


  • Mentorship program:

Find out how you can hire an experienced writer or editor to critique your manuscript and provide insight on how to take your work to a new level:


  • Networking online with other writers:

SCBWI Florida Twitter:

SCBWI Florida Facebook Page:

SCBWI Blueboards:


  • Free publications:

Receive the SCBWI Bulletin quarterly in the mail and Insight online monthly. As a Florida member you also receive our quarterly newsletter full of news, interviews, and industry tips.


  • Podcasts:

Click here for the latest conversations with industry luminaries:


*Published and Listed: (See Frequently Asked Questions link to learn about PAL.)