SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

THE EQUITY AND INCLUSION (E & I) TEAM

 

E&I Team Chair, Tara Michener

THE E & I TEAM CREATES COMMUNITY

Welcome to SCBWI- Michigan Equity and Inclusion webpage! We commit to our role in meeting the needs of members through service and opportunities. The E & I Team is energized to create a stronger SCBWI-MI community that includes, engages, and embraces disparate voices. So glad you’re here!

 

 

 

 

 

**If you have an idea for how we can better create a safe and productive creative space for all members, please use our Virtual Suggestion Box! Click HERE to add a suggestion.**

MISSION

We welcome and celebrate writers, illustrators, and translators who represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and who seek to create quality literature for young people that reflect the lives of all children.

 

PURPOSE

We understand the power of children seeing themselves represented in books. Such equitable reading experiences lead to empathy, understanding, and respect. We must implement initiatives that will address issues of inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging for our children’s literature community that will, in turn, help us write books for all children. As Lin Oliver has stated, “Our members create books that will influence what kind of adults children grow up to be and how they see themselves reflected in the world.”

VISION

To better serve our whole SCBWI-MI community, we choose to bring about change. To that end, we commit to the following principles: INCLUDE, ENGAGE, EMBRACE.

 

  • INCLUDE underrepresented and/or marginalized communities in children’s literature who are an essential part of our SCBWI-MI membership.

 

  • ENGAGE our members, communities, and accomplices by identifying resources and support and by providing professional-growth activities.

 

  • EMBRACE all interested parties by making SCBWI-MI a welcoming and safe place to better nurture and support communication and networking opportunities within the disparate voices of our members, the community, and potential members. Together, we craft a new and better organizational story.

 

The E & I Team Blog Posts

To view our Blog Posts click HERE.

The E & I Team has many initiatives underway and is always open to new ideas. Check them out: Click Here

If you’d like to get involved, please click HERE to access a quick Volunteer Form. Then, a member of the E & I Team will contact you lickety-split.

 

The E & I Resource Library 

View SCBWI’s E & I Resource Library HERE

 


 

Announcing the Own Voices, Own Stories Award hosted by Sleeping Bear Press

We’re thrilled to announce Sleeping Bear Press’s Own Voices, Own Stories Award for 2022.

The Own Voices, Own Stories Award will be offered annually to a children’s picture book manuscript by a BIPOC or LGBTQ author with the intention of recognizing and amplifying new and diverse voices with unique perspectives. With this award, we hope to reach a more inclusive audience of children.

Cherry Lake Publishing Group of Sleeping Bear Press will be accepting submissions from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022 with winners notified by August 1, 2022. Awards include a Grand Prize (publishing contract and cash prize) and Honor Awards (cash prize and consulting session with an editor). Additionally, to supplement the award program and to highlight more stories by first-time BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ authors, an Own Voices, Own Stories Collection has also been added to the Sleeping Bear Press imprint. This annual Collection will feature stories selected from Own Voices, Own Stories Award submissions. If chosen for the Collection, a publishing contract will be offered.

Follow Sleeping Bear Press on social media for updates!

ACCESS THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING PAST WINNERS AND SUBMISSION DETAILS


LA COMETA

Here is a link to the latest La Cometa Bulletin- La Cometa