SCBWI Montana


Welcome to SCBWI Montana

SCBWI Montana is an energetic, supportive group of artists who use words and pictures to bring stories to life for kids. Welcome! Take a look at our upcoming progress events and conferences, meet other members, and see what we can offer you.


Portfolio Reviews by Industry Expert Kelly Anne Dalton

Sign up for a written portfolio review and a 30 minute Zoom session with Illustrator Kelly Anne Dalton!

Community NEWS


Interview with Jennifer Prinzing

Jennifer Prinzing is a talented Author-Illustrator whose career path started at Montana State University where she graduated with a BFA in graphic design. After graduation, she worked from coast to coast at publishing companies, tech startups, and advertising agencies before going on her own as a freelance designer.


SCBWI Montana Socials

From book deals to book birthdays, local events to writing tips, and even new portfolio pieces you're excited about, we want to celebrate YOU. Send your kid lit news to Jenn at or direct message us on Instagram @scbwimontana.


Interview with Illustrator Kelly Anne Dalton

Kelly Anne Dalton is a brilliant illustrator who has worked with Penguin Random House; Quarto; The Washington Post; Little, Brown and Company and many more. Some of her projects include the immensely popular Tarot for Baby by Abigail Samoun, Aesops Fables translated by Auzou, and she has created the cover art for several novels by Karen Schwabach for Penguin Random House. Kelly Anne kindly allowed us to interview her about art making. We hope you enjoy the interview!


Interview with Author-Illustrator/ Art Director Christy Hale

Christy has been an art director and designer for over 25 years, working in house at Dutton, Putnam, Philomel, Bradbury, Macmillan, Four Winds, and Simon & Schuster; and as a consulting art director for numerous other publishers.


Interview with Illustrator Jensen Collins

A dash of Kentucky, a splash of Montana, and a whole box of crayons. Jensen Collins is a children’s book illustrator whose work features bright colors and bold line work for illustrations that captivate a young audience. Jensen’s passion lies in creating whimsical characters that bring out the giggles. Jensen has illustrated more than 10 books for independent authors and has a wealth of knowledge.

Explore Opportunities


BIPOC Scholarship

This scholarship awards a one-year membership to SCBWI for a member who identifies as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) kid lit creator.


Critique Groups

Stuck on a story or need a little extra motivation. Connect with a critique group.


Student Scholarship

This scholarship awards a one-year membership to SCBWI for a member who is pursuing higher education.


Archival News

Check out our catalog of newsletters.

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Illustrator Mentorships

Find community connection and support with fellow illustrators through our mentorship program. Keep an eye out for updates on this program. COMING SOON!

Regional Leadership

Jodi Hausen
Regional Advisor
Santral Lusin
Assistant Regional Advisor
Jeanne Bowman
Illustrator Coordinator

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

Keep in touch

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