SCBWI Illinois


2024 SCBWI-IL Illustration Mentorship

We are proud to announce Jacqueline Alcántara as the 2024 mentor. Application for this 3-month commitment, open to all Illinois members, is due January 26.


OPEN: Words in the Woods Masthead Contest

Winning illustrator will receive all 2024 Words in the Woods intensive recordings and one portfolio review with a faculty member.


2024 Words in the Woods: ALLERTON

A 10-week intensive for authors & illustrators with face-to-face feedback among faculty and fellow conferees from April through July. Culminates in a day & night extravaganza at the University of Illinois' ALLERTON PARK & RETREAT CENTER on the second weekend in July. Masthead Contest begins January 1.

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January Regional Calendar

Check out the January GOOD NEWS complete with Regional Calendar of free programs and opportunities!


2024 SCBWI-IL Many Voices Prize

Take advantage of this prize, celebrating the best work from members of underrepresented communities within our own. Full details for this don’t-miss opportunity will be announced on January 15. Application opens February 1, free to all Illinois members!

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Join Our Regional Team

Building on a rich tradition, our Illinois Region anticipates what the next generation of volunteers will contribute to our #kidlit community—will you be among them? Volunteering in Illinois means agency, benefits, an opportunity to contribute, and lifelong connections.

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SCBWI-IL Bookstore on

Gifting books this season? You can support BOTH SCBWI-Illinois & independent booksellers by making your purchases through our online bookstore at! Buy books and gift cards through the SCBWI-Illinois bookstore on As an affiliate of, SCBWI-IL will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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Activate Your SCBWI Membership!

Select Illinois as your Region as you complete the instructions to receive valuable information sent directly to members from your Illinois region.

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Regional Good News

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Free Networks


Recordings by Request


WITW Masthead Contest Details


New to SCBWI-IL?

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Illinois Regional Events


2024 SCBWI-IL Illustration Mentorship


Prairie Wind

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Regional Virtual Events

Our Volunteers

Membership benefits

Jump into a quick overview of the benefits that SCBWI members can enjoy.

Becoming a translator

Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions, by Avery Udagawa

Meet Our Leadership Team

Jennifer Wagh
Co-Regional Advisor
Deborah Topolski
Regional Advisor
Catherine Ann Velasco
Assistant Regional Advisor
Denise Holmes
Illustrator Coordinator

Keep in touch

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