SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Writers’ Day Series: Create your own Adventure

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/12/2020 - 10/10/2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


SCBWI CenCal Presents:

Create Your Own Adventure

2020 Writers’ Day Online Series

Three Webinars…

One Editor

One Agent

Six Spotlight Authors + Author Panel w/ Q & A

Three Writing Contest Categories…

Five Breakout Room Socials…

All for one LOW PRICE!

Adventure Tickets:

$30 SCBWI Members

$50 non-members

Plus, Eight Professionals Offering Paid Critique Opportunities!

Optional critiques, $45 (SCBWI Members ONLY)

 

The adventure awaits…

Saturday, September 12: Webinar 1 Spotlight Authors & Author Q & A, and online socials

Saturday, September 26: Webinar 2 with Erin Siu.

Saturday, October 10: Webinar 3 with Leslie Zampetti.

 

Book your Passage to Adventure beginning August 1, 2020!

 


Meet Our Featured Speakers

 

Erin Siu, Associate Editor, Square Fish and Feiwel & Friends

Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary

Webinar Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:30 am Pacific Time*  Webinar Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 am Pacific Time*

Creating Fictional Worlds 

 

 

Finding the RIGHT Agent: Maximize Your Query’s Potential

 

*View live or watch the recording available for up to 2 weeks

 


Discover our Local Spotlight Authors

 

Webinar Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:30-10:45 am (15 minute break) then 11:00-12:00  Pacific Time

Afterward, hang around for our socials

Angelica Carpenter

The Voice of Liberty

Sharon Langley

You’ve got a Voice–Use it!

Claire Noland

Don’t be Afraid to Start Small

Zeena M. Pliska

The Power of Story

Shari Swanson

Perseverance 101

Erik Talkin

Getting There from Here

Read more about our Spotlight Authors…

 


Purchase a Critique with our Feedback Faculty

Bruce Hale

Rebecca Langston-George

Marissa Moss, Publisher, Creston Books

Alexis O’Neill

Terry Pierce

Sherry Shahan

Erin Siu, Associate Editor, Square Fish and Fewiel & Friends

Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary

Click HERE for all speakers’ bios and critiques’ preferences

Critiques

Please read very carefully as our submission process has changed this year. CenCal sells written manuscript critiques and this year will be accepting critique manuscripts by email only. These are not in-person meetings. Each critiquer has personal preferences about which categories they will read and slots are limited. Critiques MUST be purchased when you register & are available to SCBWI members only. There will be no add-ons or changes accepted later.

 

It is up to you to read carefully what type of manuscripts each person will accept. PB stands for picture books. MG stands for middle grade. YA stands for young adult. Some reviewers will accept non-fiction while others will not. Written critiques are $45 and available for SCBWI members only. There are no refunds for critiques or exceptions for missing the deadline. Your critique will be emailed to you on or about October 10, 2020; you will receive a completed SCBWI Gold Critique form filled out by your critiquer. You will not receive your manuscript pages back–they will be deleted. 

For picture books, easy readers and board books send the full manuscript (text only)

For middle grade, chapter books, or young adult send  up to 10 pages plus the synopsis pasted at the end as the 11th page.

 

Unlike contest submissions, critique submissions SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR NAME and CONTACT in the header. Submissions are due by end of day Monday, August 17, 2020. Fill out the  2020 CRITIQUE SUBMISSION FORM and send it, along with your submission, to the correct person listed on the form. If you have any questions about critiques please contact Greg Trine at gjtrine@gmail.com

 


Free Writing Contest

SCBWI members may enter up to two unpublished contest submissions (must be two different categories: picture book, middle grade or young adult) via email. NOTE: If you have entered the contest in the past, please read carefully as our submission process has changed. You must register to enter the contest. Send up to 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point font with one single-spaced synopsis pasted as the 11th page. 

 

Note: Regardless of whether your entry is fiction, non-fiction or poetry, please decide which age group it belongs in (PB, MG, or YA). Judges reserve the right NOT to give awards. You must be registered to win. Contest manuscripts will NOT be returned or commented upon. If you’re entering two manuscripts send them separately, each with the contest form attached. Your name should only appear on the contest submission form-it must be removed from your manuscript including page headers/footers-or your entry will be disqualified. Please send as a PDF (preferred) or word document. Late entries and entries that do not follow guidelines will be disqualified. Contest winners will be announced at the end of the September 26 webinar. Winners will receive free entry to next year’s CenCal Writers’ Day.  If you have questions about the contest please contact susan@susanruchroush.com

 

Contest Categories

Picture Book

Send whole, double-spaced manuscript (text only, no dummies or pictures) 12 point font. Fill out the 2020 Contest Submission Form and email it along with your entry (2 attachments) to the correct coordinator listed on the form no later than end of day Friday, August 14, 2020. In the subject line provide your last name and manuscript title (example: Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are).

Middle Grade & Young Adult

Send up to 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point font with one single-spaced synopsis pasted as the 11th page. Send whole, double-spaced manuscript (text only, no dummies or pictures) 12 point font.Fill out the 2020 Contest Submission Form  and email it along with your entry (2 attachments) to the correct coordinator listed on the form no later than end of day Friday, August 14, 2020. In the subject line provide your last name and manuscript title (example: Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are). 


Let’s Get SOCIAL!

Saturday, September 12 following the Author Panel

Stay with us for an optional social gathering. When you register please indicate which social you’d like to join: picture books, middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, or illustrators. That will help us put you in the correct Zoom break-out room. Note that socials will not be recorded. 

 


Timeline of Events

Click HERE to print a copy of the timeline.

Be sure to add these dates to your calendar. All times are Pacific.

July 31, 2020: Early Registration opens for CenCal Members only

August 1, 2020: General Registration opens

Friday, August 14, 2020: all contest and critique entries are due via email. 

Saturday, September 12: Webinar 1 Spotlight Authors & Author Q & A, 

Saturday, September 12: Online socials following the Author Q & A

Saturday, September 26: Webinar 2 with Erin Siu. Contest winners announced at the end.

Saturday, October 10: Webinar 3 with Leslie Zampetti. Critiques returned on or about this day. 

 


Minors

SCBWI events are not open to minors under 18 years of age. By registering you confirm you are at least 18 years of age. 

 


Refund Policy

Since registrants will have the opportunity to attend the online events live or view the recording for up to 2 weeks, no refunds will be given on registration or critiques. 

 


Fair Usage Policy

We will make a recording available of these webinars for you to view for up to 14 days after the event. After that the link will be dismantled, so please be sure you view the recordings in a timely manner. Please do not record it yourself or share our recording with others. This is to preserve our speakers’ ability to control their intellectual property.

 


Questions?

For general questions about Writers’ Day contact Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George at cencal-ra@scbwi.org

 


Before you Register:

1. To receive the SCBWI Member price and all options make sure you are logged into the SCBWI site prior to registering.

2. Add our email address to your email contact list. Failure to do so could result in not receiving our confirmation, reminders and links to the webinars or recordings. If you are not hearing from us it means our email is going to your spam folder or your settings are blocking our emails. The best way to avoid that is to add cencal-ra@scbwi.org and cencal@scbwi.org to your contact list. We will only contact you with regards to this event.