Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Member Perks

The SCBWI International website provides a wealth of information: Monthly contestschat boardspublicationsshowcasesbook launch party, connections…. Full list of benefits here.

FAQ about membership

Minnesota SCBWI member benefits include:

SCBWI Programs open to everyone*:

Annual conference (Minnesota’s annual SCBWI conference attracts around 100 people each year)
*SCBWI members get discounted rates on ticketed programming, even in other regions.

Minnesota SCBWI (members-only) programs

Attend FREE regional critique group meet-up in Edina, MN.

Inclusion on our Author/Illustrator List

Eligibility for our annual Mentorship Program

Discounts to SCBWI conferences and workshops

SCBWI Resources (members-only)

Receive free publications:

SCBWI Bulletin sent out quarterly in the mail or available online.

Insight: SCBWI’s monthly email newsletter features editor interviews, member news, illustration prompts and more.

The Pro-Insider: This quarterly email newsletter is distributed to all PAL (Published and Listed) members.

Podcasts: Click here for the latest conversations with industry luminaries:

SCBWI Marketing and Promotion (members-only)

Inclusion in the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery (member portfolios)

Inclusion in the SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery (member self-promotional postcard mailers)

Eligibility to enter the annual SCBWI Minnesota Banner Contest

Inclusion on our Good News! page

Art SpotIllustrators can also submit their art to the quarterly Art Spot column of the SCBWI Bulletin. The Bulletin is seen by our 22,000 members, including top industry professionals.

SCBWInvite — Invite the SCBWI community to your next reading, workshop, or event by filling out an SCBWInvite on your member profile. All the approved invitations will be listed on the Invite Page so local SCBWI members and visitors to the region can add your event to their calendars.

How-To Add Links To Your Speaker Profile and Member Page

Inclusion in the SCBWI Reading List. This is an opportunity for PAL* authors to have their books on a list that is distributed to libraries, bookstores, and schools across the country. See the most recent list here:

Minnesota Member BookstoreImportant reminders

If you are published under a pseudonym, please provide that information to SCBWI when you join, or update your membership information to include your pseudonym. It makes it much easier for us to identify you and link you with your books.

Monthly Book Birthdays: Each month, SCBWI celebrates member books released that month. On the first Monday of each month, all of the books released that month are displayed together on the book birthday page and promoted through social media. Each book birthday announcement remains in the site for two weeks. Submission information for this free promotional opportunity.

Social benefits (members-only)

Please note: Our listserv (on Yahoo Groups) will be undergoing some big changes soon. More information about the upcoming changes can be found here. The listserv is open to all SCBWI members, but most frequently used by Minnesota members.

Users will be able to join a Yahoo Group only through an invite from the Group Moderator or by submitting a request to join a Group, which requires approval by the Group Moderator. Beginning December 14, 2019, all Yahoo Groups will be made private.

Contact our Group Moderator, Joan Marie Verba to subscribe to our listserv. Connect to many Minnesota members and receive info about writing and illustrating, individual news, and upcoming events.

Members receive email updates via ConstantContact, a legitimate service provider to SCBWI-Minnesota.

Online discussion board: SCBWI’s Blueboard is the members-only online discussion board where you can ask and answer questions on the craft and business of creating children’s books, share good news, and more.

Participation in our SCBWI-MN public and private Facebook pages. To connect to this page, click here.

Discounts (members-only) 

15% off Nielsen BookScan Services

60% off Publishers Weekly subscriptions

Discounted print or digital subscription to Writer’s Digest

10% off customized websites from Squarespace

20% off licensing for Scrivener and Scrapple software


Make the most of your membership. Happy writing and illustrating!

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