You all do of course!
That is why the conference team are super excited to bring you not one, but two topppity top professionals to judge this year’s conference competitions (and you may not even have to attend to enter).
Read on to get your creative juices flowing over that competitive edge!
Ten Word Pitch Competition
We all know the importance of a great pitch. But can you pitch your book in 10 words or less?
Go on, have a go!
Entries can be added to the pitching board in the main foyer where all manner of editors and agents will be passing. Maybe yours will catch the eye of our competition judge none other than Chicken House's Barry Cunningham. Yes you did read that right, BARRY CUNNINGHAM!
Barry will read the first 2000 words of your children’s book or your complete picture book manuscript.
And not only is Barry going to be our judge but he is also providing a fabulous prize. Barry will read the first 2000 words of your children’s book or your complete picture book manuscript. He will then provide you with a written review or a one to one. Whichever is best for you, the lucky winner out there.
What is Barry looking for in a great pitch?
Can he tell us in ten words or less?
‘Passionate with a purpose, a structure and a twist.’- Barry
Well there you go, yes he can! If you can too then this is definitely the competition for you.
"My Creative Life" Comic Competition
Do you dread facing the blank sheet of paper? Do you find yourself wandering endlessly down Procrastination Street? Have you had a series of rejections that have left you feeling paralysed? Well, let's turn the dreaded creative block into art- and poke a bit of fun at it in the process!
We are searching for a comic sequence of 4 to 6 panels on the topic of 'My creative Life'. Your comic can be arranged as a strip, or in a portrait or landscape A4 layout, and can be black and white, or in colour.
a one-to-one with Sam Arthur, Director of Nobrow Press, and your comic featured on the banner of the SCBWI British Isles Graphic Novel Facebook page
All entries will be exhibited at the Conference, and the winning entrant will be offered a one-to-one with Sam Arthur, Director of Nobrow Press, and your comic featured on the banner of the SCBWI British Isles Graphic Novel Facebook page.
This competition is open to SCBWI member illustrators, author-illustrators and even author and illustrator teams. Plus, you don't have to be attending the conference to participate! But don’t delay! Entries from participants not attending the conference need to be winging their way to us by 25th October!
For further details of how to enter this competition, plus top tips, inspiration and other opportunities for illustrators, visit the conference website illustrator page.
So what are you waiting for? Polish those pitches, create those comics. We can’t wait to see them, and you, at our 7th annual conference!