SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Annual Spring Conference – April 5-6, 2019 in Tulsa, OK

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Date(s) - 04/05/2019 - 04/06/2019
12:00 am

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Oklahoma SCBWI invites you to join us

April 5-6, 2019

at the Tulsa City-County Central Library

for the 2019 Prism of Hope Conference

 

Registration opens January 1, 2019 and includes lunch on Saturday and free parking in a secured parking lot. Critiques and/or face-to-face consultations are an extra cost, and there will be a “Mingle with the Speakers” with a cash bar on Friday night that will be at the attendees own expense. Special hotel rates to be announced soon. The Tulsa City-County Central Library is located at 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103.

All attendees are welcome to participate for free in the “Postcard” contests based upon the conference theme of hope. Attendees and faculty will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday morning for their favorite pitch and their favorite illustrated postcard. Voting will be based upon how well the subject matter fits the theme of hope. Entries must follow these guidelines to be allowed in the contest:

To qualify for the Pitch Postcard Contest, you need to use white paper no larger than 6 x 4, type a story pitch of no more than 40 words with no illustrations or pictures that evokes a feeling of hope.

To qualify for the Illustrated Postcard Contest, you need to use a paper no larger than 6 x 4 and illustrate a scene with no words that evokes a feeling of hope.  

The crowd favorite of the Pitch Postcard Contest will receive a free face-to-face consultation with Mekisha Telfer. The crowd favorite for the Illustrated Postcard Contest will receive a free face-to-face consultation with Melia Parsloe.

 

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Registration details:

Early-bird rate from January 1 – 18, 2019: Members $155 and non-members $185

Regular registration January 19 – April 4: Members $170 and non-members $200

Students (Learn more about eligibility here: https://www.scbwi.org/student-membership/) : Members automatically receive a discount and non-members $155

 

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The following speakers will join us in April and they will also do some off-site critiques for $40 each (Deadline: February 7, 2019) and face-to-face consultations that weekend for $40 a consultation:

 

Melia Parsloe, Art Designer with Page Street Kids Publishing

(https://twitter.com/meliaparsloe?lang=en)

Melia will critique a full picture book manuscript up to 1000 words, a picture book dummy from an author/illustrator, or a website portfolio address from an illustrator only. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is February 7, 2019.

 

Alexander Slater – Agent Trident Media Group

Alexander Slater has been with Trident Media Group since 2010. For many years he oversaw the foreign rights sales of all of Trident’s young adult and children’s projects, which includes the work of R.J. Palacio and Louis Sachar. Now with his own list, he’s kept his focus on YA and middle grade with an eye towards contemporary fiction, light fantasy, narrative nonfiction, and any work in general that expands the ideas of representation in children’s literature. Particularly, his manuscript wish list includes graphic novels, stories that blend genres, and historically underrepresented voices. Some of his clients today include Keah Brown, Jodi Kendall, Adam Perry, and SCBWI’s 2017 Emerging Voices Award Winner Anuradha D. Rajurkar.(http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/alex-slater/

Alexander will critique the first ten pages of a middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, or comic/graphic novel. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is February 7, 2019.

 

Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Jennifer March Soloway represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and young adult stories. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. A suspense junkie, she adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. Regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature. Jennifer is actively building her client list and welcomes queries to soloway@andreabrownlit.com. To learn more about Jennifer, follow her on Twitter, @marchsoloway, and find her full wish list at www.andreabrownlit.com.

Jennifer will critique the first ten pages of a middle grade, young adult, comic/graphic (with art if an author/illustrator), or nonfiction manuscript, a full picture book manuscript up to 1000 words, a picture book dummy from an author/illustrator, or a website portfolio address from an illustrator only. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is February 7, 2019.

 

Mekisha Telfer – Editor Roaring Brook Press

Mekisha Telfer is an associate editor at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillian), where she is building a list of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. She got her start in publishing in 2014 as an editorial assistant with Simon and Schuster BFYR/Salaam reads, and has also worked briefly at Glasstown Entertainment. Some titles she’s had the privilege of working on include the New York Times bestselling series To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi, The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, and Stuart Gibb’s Moon Base Alpha series. Mekisha is committed to supporting unrepresented voices and is always on the hunt for character-driven stories with a mix of humor and heart.(http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/mekisha-telfer/)

Mekisha will critique the first ten pages of a chapter book, middle grade, young adult, comic/graphic (with art if an author/illustrator), or nonfiction manuscript, a full picture book manuscript up to 1000 words, a picture book dummy from an author/illustrator. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is February 7, 2019.

 

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The following professionals will do off-site critiques for $40 each. The deadline for submitting to the following is March 15, 2019. (Professionals will not be attending the conference.)

 

Kelly Delaney, Associate Editor Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Kelly Delaney is an Associate Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits picture books and middle grade and young adult novels. She has a master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from NYU and has been at Random House Children’s Books for eight years. Books she has edited include Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi, Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung, Lucy and the Rocket Dog by Will Buckingham, and Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, and she has been fortunate enough to work with many of her favorite authors, from R.J. Palacio and Markus Zusak to Anita Lobel and Norton Juster. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellyunderwater.

Kelly will critique the first ten pages of a chapter book, middle grade, young adult, or nonfiction manuscript, a full picture book manuscript up to 1000 words, a picture book dummy from an author/illustrator, or a board book manuscript up to 100 words. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is March 15, 2019.

 

Andrea Morrison, Agent with Writers House, LLC

Andrea Morrison started at Writers House as an intern in 2009. She’s had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators in genres ranging from picture books to middle grade and YA to adult literary fiction and nonfiction. Having studied Literature/Writing at University of California, San Diego and having earned her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, Andrea is hands-on editorially. She’s hungry for YA that appeals to all ages and that blends crazy-beautiful language with characters navigating the nutty, magical, and hard parts of being a teen. She’s also particularly excited about author/illustrator picture books and funny, heartfelt middle grade novels. Most importantly, she’s looking for characters that need to be heard—for stories that grab your heart and don’t let it go, even after they’re finished.

Andrea will critique the first ten pages of a middle grade, young adult, or new adult manuscript, a full picture book manuscript up to 1000 words, a picture book dummy from an author/illustrator, or a board book manuscript up to 100 words, or a website portfolio address from an illustrator only. The deadline for registering and submitting your manuscript to oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org is March 15, 2019.