Sunday, 31 March 2013

Slush Pile Challenge 2013

We are pleased to announce our first 2013 Slush Pile ChallengeThis competition is now closed.

This time we are launching the challenge to coincide with the launch of Words & Pictures and the challenge is going completely online.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

What Did Jo Franklin Get For Christmas?

Jo Franklin
I'm  happy to report that Jo Franklin did not get a mouldy satsuma and half a dozen nuts in her christmas stocking. Jo got herself  an agent! Anne Clark of the Anne Clark Literary Agency.

Educational success for Janet Foxley and Carmel Waldron

Carmel Waldron

Congratulations to Carmel Waldron for her work on educational books. Her Oxford Literature Companions:on To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men are both recently published. Janet Foxley also continues to delight with her book The House in the Forest recently published by Collins Educational.  

Two Times Teri Delivers Double Delight!

Teri Terry

Hoorah Hoorah! Teri Terry has earned an astonishing list of nominations and awards for her first teen  novel Slated. 

Carnegie Nominees, SCBWI Salutes You!

Dave Cousins
The Cilip Carnegie Medal is perhaps the most coveted prize in children's fiction. Awarded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Previous winners read like a roll call of the best stocked library: Meg Rossoff, Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman, Mal Peet, Frank Cotterell Boyce, Siobhan Dowd. It sits alongside the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration as an acknowledgement of success to be yearned for. To be longlisted for the Carnegie Medal is an honour, a moment in your writing career to treasure.
Elizabeth Wein

Competition Success for Wendy Storer and Philippa Francis.

Competitions can be a fantastic jumping off point for  your writing career. So many SCBWI people have had a great start from our own Undiscovered Voices .

Elizabeth Dale adds to her pile of 25 published books!

Elizabeth  Dale
Elizabeth Dale dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into doing a physics degree and managing the NHS. When her daughters were born she returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. But she enjoyed reading children’s books to her daughters so much, she decided to try writing them and found it such fun. 

Friday, 29 March 2013

FEATURED ILLUSTRATOR Bridget Strevens-Marzo: a roundabout road

Bridget Strevens-Marzo
Bridget Strevens-Marzo is this month's Featured Ilustrator. Visit her gallery on the Showcase. Bridget tracks her roundabout road through words and pictures.

The Banner
Thank you W&P team for choosing this spread from Mini Racer by Kristy Dempsey to launch the new blogzine! Family illness interrupted my work on it in 2008. Bloomsbury published it in 2011, just before I moved to East London after over 2 decades in France.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

INTERVIEW Elizabeth Wein: twenty years to overnight success

Candy Gourlay interviews Elizabeth Wein on the heady success of her novel Code Name Verity which was on the New York Times bestseller list and recently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal ... among others.

Elizabeth was born in New York but lived in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania when she was growing up. She has lived in Scotland for more than a decade. Her first five books for young adults are set in Arthurian Britain and sixth century Ethiopia. Her interest in flying is what sparked the idea for Code Name Verity. Website: Visit her blog.

All about our new SCBWI BI Network Coordinator

Maureen  Lynas, whom many of you already know, has just become our new  network coordinator. So, it seemed apt to feature her in our first article about the networks. Here is what she says: 

 Hi, I’m the new SCBWI BI Network Coordinator – hurrah!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Digging for Gold – insights into the judging of the Carnegie Medal

By Nicky Schmidt

Awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people, the Carnegie Medal is the gold at the end of the tunnel for many authors. 

Established in 1936 by the British Library Association and inaugurated in 1937, today the award is conferred upon an author by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). It is the UK's oldest and most prestigious book award for children's writing. But just what does it take to win the Carnegie Medal? 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Ten-Minute Blog Break - 26th March

Hello and welcome to the inaugural Ten-Minute Blog Break. This weekly feature will give you the low-down on the week's essential blog posts by our very talented SCBWI bloggers, as well as highlighting the hot topics in children's writing and publishing from around the web. You can see our list of bloggers on the SCBWI Blog Network page.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Words & Pictures from the Beginning to the Beginning

to Words & Pictures. By the magic of the Web, around fifty people have conspired to bring you this online interactive version of the SCBWI British Isles newsletter. As much a blog as it is a magazine, the blogzine, Words & Pictures is new today.  I'm Jan, your editor.

Happy Birthday Bologna!

Bologna International Children's Book Fair opens today, celebrating it's 50th Anniversary. Words & Pictures would like to wish all the SCBWI publishers and agents every success and much energy for the next three days. We are behind you!

Ask A Publisher - Q&A with Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director at Hot Key Books

Sara O'Connor

Welcome to our monthly Q&A column where you can put your burning publishing questions to Sara O'Connor, Editorial Director, Print and Digital at Hot Key Books. 

 In this first post, Sara introduces herself and outlines how the Q&A sessions will work.

From your Regional Advisor: How we've grown

Hello and welcome to the launch issue of our fabulous new blogzine, Words & Pictures!

I am so excited to be part of this amazing team of writers and illustrators, creators of children’s books, who will bring you a patchwork quilt of informative, thought-provoking articles each day.

This magazine is truly a tribute to the outstanding chapter that the British Isles has become. When Gloria Hatrick founded the British Isles region in 1995, it had 30 members.

Sheila's Videos - How to Find People to Follow on Twitter

This first post in our series of social media how-to videos, brought to you by Sheila Averbuch, focuses on how to find the right people to follow on Twitter

Coming Soon - Winners

Coming soon on Words & Pictures - you win some ...  and then you win some more.

27 March 2013
Digging for Gold: Insights into the Judging of the Carnegie Medal
Correspondent-at-large Nicky Schmidt interviews former Carnegie chair Ferelith Hordon about the ins and outs of winning the gold standard in children's books. Read it

28 March 2013
Interview: 20 years to overnight success
Candy Gourlay interviews Elizabeth Wein on the heady success of her novel Code Name Verity - on prestigious shortlists such as the Carnegie and the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe, recipient of Honours from the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, the Michael Printz Award and the Golden Kite and listed on over 30 Best of Year lists. Read it

From 30 March 2013
SCBWI Celebrates!
Celebrations editor Kathryn Evans announces SCBWI winners of prizes, book deals, agent signings, and other deliriously amazing good news!

From 25 March 2013
Illustrator Showcase
Another chance to see the Illustrators selected for the annual Illustrator Showcase Exhibition at the SCBWI British Isles Conference. View it