FAQs & Contact Us

Contact W&P

Please do use the comments box - we love comments! But if you'd like to email, you have an idea, some news or something to celebrate please choose the most appropriate editor from the list below.

Editor, Gulfem Wormald: editor@britishscbwi.org
Deputy Editor, Fran Price: deputyeditor@britishscbwi.org
Production Editor, Tracy Curran: production@britishscbwi.org

After checking the FAQs under 'Got an Idea?' please send:


Got an Idea?

Q. What sort of word count are you looking for?
  • features, events: 500-1000 words        
Word counts are a guide. If your piece is 1500 words and every one sparkles, great! 
Q. Should I send a query first

A. Yes. Please send your idea to the relevant editor (emails at the top of the page), with an appropriate subject heading  (eg. "Feature proposal on how to get an agent") with:

  •    a short bio: 100 words
  •   links to your site or social media.
If we can publish your piece we will also ask for a picture of yourself. 
Q. Do you accept reviews of children's books?
A. No, sorry, under worldwide SCBWI guidelines we can only welcome reviews of books on craft and the industry. No other types of book review please. 

Q. Can you publicise our competition

A. We can't publicise competitions for which there is an entry fee.

Do I have to pay to be the Featured Illustrator? 
A. You do not pay to get a Featured Illustrator slot. Monthly slots are offered to illustrator members with a publishing record, usually more than one book published in English through a recognised trade publisher, though we also consider debut illustrators with a strong portfolio if they have an especially interesting, pertinent back story to tell. Ultimately, we want to present biographies that will inspire our writer and illustrator readers, and professional level illustration work.

Q. How I apply for a Featured Illustrator slot?
A. Illustrators are selected by the editorial team, however you are welcome to write to  illustrators@britishscbwi.org with the URL of your portfolio page or website and/or social media page.

Do I have to belong to SCBWI for my submission to be considered?

A. Ideally, yes and we would be delighted if you joined. However, if you are a really interesting person with a great idea or experience, we would love to hear from you and perhaps we can link you with one of our regular contributors for an interview. 

Q. Do you pay for submissions

A. No. Words & Pictures is entirely created and  managed by volunteers. We can't offer you money but through SCBWI, we can offer you incredible opportunities to raise your profile and network with some of the most successful individuals and organisations working in children's books today. 
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SCBWI Blog Network

Q. Who can join the SCBWI Blog Network?
A. Members of SCBWI British Isles who blog at least once a month about children's books, writing, or illustration.
Q. What's the point of a Blog Network?
A. The SCBWI Blog Network aims to bring all our bloggers together, building a strong community at the same time as helping our blogging members boost their audiences.

. Does the Words & Pictures rule about book reviews apply to the SCBWI Blog Network?

A. No. SCBWI Bloggers who review children's fiction may join the network.

Q. How do I join?

A. Please send:
• your blog's title
• its URL
• description of your blog
• A short bio of yourself: 100 words
to Nick at blognetwork@britishscbwi.org

Q. Do I have to be published?

A. No. Just have a great blog about the creation of books and apps for children and young people that isn't obscene, racist, disablist, libelous, contain personal attacks or otherwise break the law.
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Words & Pictures is an online publication of SCBWI British Isles.
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