Monday, January 23, 2012

Jack Gantos wins the Newbery

Congratulations to Jack Gantos for winning the John Newbery Award for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature!

For those of you who don't know, Jack grew up in Norvelt, Pennsylvania (born in Mount Pleasant), and his mother still lives in the area. The book that won him the award was Dead End in Norvelt, released last September. If you ever have the chance to see Mr. Gantos speak live, I would highly recommend it.

Again, congratulations to one of our own!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Show your work at the Bologna Book Fair

Submit your illustration work for the SCBWI Portfolio at Bologna

SCBWI will be running a stand at this year’s Bologna Book Fair, the most prestigious gathering of children’s publishers in the world. 

The Illustration Display Portfolio (IDP) will be available for browsing throughout  the fair and is open to submissions from PAL (Published and Listed) SCBWI members of all regions.

You don’t need to be attending the Fair in order to submit to the portfolio.

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Illustrators are requested to email a low resolution PDF of the
promotional piece they'd like to exhibit to by
February 14, 2012.

The promotional PDF should:
  • contain up to 3 images maximum, with your name and contact details clearly visible
  • be on one side of a letter (8.5 x 11 inch) size page
  • be in portrait format (i.e. height taller than width)
  • have a Maximum size of 1MB.
All artwork will then be reviewed for inclusion.

Successful applicants will be asked to make a high-definition (300+ dpi) quality PRINT OUT of their accepted sample page, at A4 size which will then be mailed to the IDP. The print will be included in the Illustration Display Portfolio and taken to Bologna.

Participation in the Illustration Display Portfolio is free but space is
limited so a careful selection will be made of pieces that work for the
publishing world at Bologna.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WPa Illustrators in Gettysburg

A few of the members of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the SCBWI are also members of the region's Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, who publish a newsletter each month for their members. December's issue includes an article covering the Tri-Regional SCBWI conference in Gettysburg last November on pages six and seven. The newsletter is in pdf format, and can be downloaded here:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012