The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult novels.
Members pay an annual fee to the Society which gives them access to a number of benefits which includes events, grants, publications and access to information. For example one of the key publications of this Society is the ‘Annual SCBWI Publication Guide’ which gives an insight into how to get published; there is also a complete up to date Agents’ Directory which includes contact information, submission guidelines and genres of interest for Publishers; in addition to a full Editor list, a book producers and reviewers directory.
Our goals remain:
1. To draw out and encourage our Caribbean talent.
2. To expand awareness of SCBWI among new and established writers/illustrators — and in the broader communities
3. To develop a resource and support system for all writers, including those who are not familiar with the publishing world
4. To attract and actively solicit Caribbean writers who are already published in the field; with the intention of unifying a vital resource in the region for networking, mentoring, sharing knowledge and encouragement.
4. To create opportunities to collectively present our region as a resource to publishers for first class, international talent.
5. To set up funds/grants/awards specifically for Caribbean writers and artists in this field.
See home site for further details – www.scbwi.org