Energize, Nurture, and Grow
Chaparral Suites Resort and Conference Center
REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE INCLUDES
Outstanding Industry Faculty
Featured Authors and Illustrators
Up Close and Personal Q and A With Faculty
First Page and First Look
PAL Book Sales
4th Annual: SCBWI AZ Creativity Contest
Friday evening Hospitality for Informal Networking
AND a special Follow-up Conference Webinar Session
"Keeping the Energy Flowing"
This session will be offered at no additional cost to registered conference attendees - on month after the conference.
Registered conference attendees will receive an email with the day, time, and log-in info several weeks after November 8th.
Other Conference Opportunities
for registered conference attendees only
at an Additional Cost*
*Written Manuscript and Portfolio Evaluations
with Conference Faculty
Download Details and Forms Below
*Exclusive Discounted Writers’ Webinar Series
with Harold Underdown & Eileen Robinson
To help you get your manuscript ready for submission to the conference faculty after the event.
Download All Details and Forms Below
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PDF DOWNLOADABLE FORMS
2014 Welcome to Our House
!!!!!!!What a Line-Up!!!!!!!!
Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Emily works mostly with picture book, chapter book and middle grade titles, though she would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic YA novel. Coming up, she has Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, a supremely creepy story about a haunted Nevada inn with a strong emotional hook, as well as nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and Highway Hawks by Maria Gianferrari, the latter illustrated by Brian Floca. While she is always looking for solid, voice-driven picture books and middle grade, she also particularly loves nonfiction for young readers. Emily is not an editor of fantasy.
Karl Jones, Assistant Editor at Grosset & Dunlap/PSS!, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group of Penguin Random House
Karl edits New York Times Best-selling kid author, Jake Marcionette’s illustrated middle grade series, Just Jake and is editing Grosset & Dunlap’s first YA novel by nightlife impresario Justin Sayre, about a young boy dealing with weight issues and fitting in. His first IP book in a series of non-traditional holiday activity books, the Day of the Dead Activity Book recently won a New York Book Show Award for Best Novelty Book. Karl has also worked on the graphic biographies series Who Was_? and he oversaw the Spanish language translation of several of these and other Grosset titles. Karl is looking to acquire tomboy and tomgirl middle grade and YA fiction, as well as humorous (and by humorous he means HILARIOUS!) nonfiction for the Grosset & PSS! lists. In addition to traditional agented acquisition, he is responsible for developing in-house Intellectual Property (IP) and working with licensed book publishing programs.
Ariel Richardson, Assistant Editor Chronicle Books
Ariel assists two editors working on projects ranging from novelty books to picture books to novels, in addition to editing her own projects. She’s been a children’s bookseller for about eight years, at three different independent book stores on two coasts. She also has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston, where she took courses on all genres of children’s literature. She primarily acquires picture books, board books, novelty, and formats (paper-based non-book items, like matching games, flash cards, or kits). In picture books, she loves nonfiction and info-fiction, and picture books with a social or global message or featuring a protagonist of color. She also loves picture books about imaginative play, since she spent most of her childhood playing pretend games (when she wasn’t reading), and about moving, since she moved a lot as a kid. Humorous picture books can be hit or miss with her. In board books, she’s looking for something that could become a series, with a novelty element that is inherent in the concept and that can carry throughout the series. In middle grade and YA, she loves magical realism, fresh takes on sci-fi and fantasy (I’d love to find sci-fi / fantasy with a protagonist of color), YA nonfiction, and verse novels. And she’d love to find a young middle grade about fairies. Ariel worked on Girl to Girl by Sarah O’Leary Burningham, illustrated by Alli Arnold, At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, a Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini and The Open Ocean By Francesco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais, among others.
John Cusick, Literary Agent, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
John joined Greenhouse in January 2013 after several years with a small New York agency, where he began as an assistant and rose to be an agent with a fast-developing client list. As well as being a YA author in his own right, John is a sought-after speaker on writing, both at writers’ conferences and via webinars. John is seeking picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult by North American authors. He is particularly keen to see fast-paced/thrilling/heart-breaking stories, contemporary realism, historicals, speculative fiction, sci-fi and fresh fantasy, villains with vulnerability, bad decisions with best intentions, boldly imagined worlds, striking imagery, characters with histories, stories about siblings and about middle America.
You can read John's blog here: http://johnmcusick.com/ http://www.greenhouseliterary.com/index.php/site/index
Danielle Barthel, Literary Agent, New Leaf Literary and Media
Danielle has been with New Leaf Literary since its creation in 2012. She is looking for both upper middle grade and YA manuscripts. For YA, she's interested in realistic contemporary, especially stories with swoony romance or romantic tension, mystery/suspense/thrillers with twists and turns, fantasy, speculative, and unique retellings. For MG, she'd love to see a good epistolary a la Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise, and literary stories with strong characters. Danielle has worked closely with New Leaf books on the upcoming young adult novel Tracers by JJ Howard (January 2015) and the MG space adventure The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles (2014). She is looking to build her list and looking forward to her visit to AZ.
FEATURED SCBWI AZ PAL BOOK MEMBERS
Molly Idle, Author/Illustrator
Molly is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator who has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil at the age of 18 months. Upon graduation from Arizona State University with a BFA in Drawing, Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studio as a final line animator. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children’s book illustration. Her book Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle Books) was a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, and she is a recipient of the 2014 SCBWI Southwest Region Crystal Kite Award for her book Tea Rex (Viking Press). Publishers Weekly gave her most recent book, Flora and the Penguin (Chronicle Books) a starred review, calling it “A real triumph.” Kirkus said it was “Funny and charming-a winning, worthy follow-up.” Molly has been a member of SCBWI AZ since 2000. In 2010, she was the Grand Prize Winner of the SCBWI Juried Portfolio Showcase. You can visit Molly at http://www.idleillustration.com
Lori Alexander, Author
Lori is the author of Backhoe Joe, (Illustrated by Craig Cameron, published by Harper Children’s) her debut picture book, which was inspired by her son’s love of construction trucks. Because of him, she says she knows terms such as articulated dump truck, hydraulic excavator, and skid steer loader. Lori has been a member of SCBWI AZ since 2010. You can visit Lori at www.lorialexanderbooks.com
Dianne White, Author
After almost twenty-five years in education, Dianne retired, moved to the suburbs, and now writes full-time. Her teaching, reading, and writing eventually led to a master’s degree in Language and Literacy, and later, an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first picture book, Blue on Blue, illustrated by Caldecott award-winning artist, Beth Krommes, was published by Beach Lane Books (S&S) and will officially debut in December 2014.
You can visit Dianne at http://diannewrites.com
Rhonda McCormack, Author
Rhonda's creative enthusiasm is directed squarely at writing and the visual arts. She’s a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and in the summer of 2012, she debuted her self-published young adult novel, WILDFLOWERS.
Todd McQueen is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer. Whether through writing, visual art, or the spoken word, he loves telling (and hearing) a good story. Rob, Bob, and Corn on the Cob is Todd’s first picture book.
Registration Is Open
Each year, SCBWI Arizona celebrates the creativity of our members with a writing competition for writers and an illustration competition for illustrators. This year, entries will address the 2014 conference theme: Energize, Nurture, and Grow.
1. Participant must be an SCBWI member and a registered attendee of the 2014 SCBWI AZ Welcome to Our House Annual Conference. Go to the Events Page at www.scbwi-az.org for conference details and registration forms.
2. Any SCBWI member and conference attendee is entitled to submit one entry in one category (writing or illustrating).
3. Entries must reflect the conference theme and relate to the artist’s/writer’s personal experiences of energizing, nurturing, and/or growing as it relates to writing and illustrating for young readers.
4. By entering the competition you agree that the submitted entry is your own work and that you give permission to use the work for promotional purposes by SCBWI AZ.
5. Essays must be 500 words or less and fit on a single 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch bright white paper with ½ inch margins all around the page. Name must not appear on the essay. Essay title must appear on both the essay and on the entry form.
6. Illustration submissions must be one of the following sizes:
(81/2" x 11" ) (9" x 12") (11" x 14") and must be neatly matted as shown. Title of the work and artist’s name must be labeled on the back and must not appear on the front.
7. Entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form. Download the SCBWI AZ 2014 Creativity Contest Entry Form below.
8. Entries must be postmarked by deadline date by November 3, 2014. Use U.S. Mail Express or Fed Ex Overnight to ensure prompt delivery.
9. Winning entries will be announced at the 2014 SCBWI AZ Welcome to Our House Conference.
First Place Awards
1. $35 gift certificate good for use toward registration for 2014 SCBWI AZ conference.
2. Creators and their work will be showcased on the SCBWI AZ website.
3. Winning work will be used to promote the SCBWI AZ 2014 conference.
Second Place Awards
1. $25 gift certificate good for use toward registration for 2014 SCBWI AZ conference.
2. Creators will be acknowledged on the SCBWI AZ website.
SCBWI AZ 2014
WELCOME TO OUR HOUSE CONFERENCE
CREATIVITY CONTEST ENTRY FORM
[Cut and paste or download below.]
2014 THEME: “Energize, Nurture, and Grow”
COMPLETE AND MAIL TO:
Welcome to Our House Creativity Contest
P O Box 26384
Scottsdale, AZ 85255-0123
To be eligible, entries must be postmarked by deadline date November 3, 2014.
(Please write name as it appears on your SCBWI membership.)
CELL PHONE: ________________LAND PHONE:_____________
E-MAIL: _________________ __________FAX: _______________
MEMBERSHIP DATES: from _________ to ________
Type of Membership: Associate ___ Full___ PAL___
*Please include proof of SCBWI membership.
This entry form accompanies 3 copies of my essay entitled:
This entry form accompanies my artwork entitled:
I declare that this entry is my own original work and that it does not infringe on any
copyright or contract agreements. I give permission to SCBWI Arizona to use my work on its website and for other promotional and publicity purposes.