As of January 2015, our SCBWI Ireland website has moved to: http://ireland.scbwi.org. Please visit us there!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) was formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for children and now has more than 19,000 members worldwide in over 70 regions. It is the only international organization to offer a variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a vital interest in children’s literature.

SCBWI sponsors two annual international conferences on writing and illustrating for children, in New York and Los Angeles, as well as dozens of regional conferences and events throughout the world.  It also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, offers awards and grants for works in progress, and provides many informational publications on the art and business of writing and selling written, illustrated, and electronic material.

SCBWI presents the annual Golden Kite Award for the best fiction and nonfiction books and the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. In 2013, SCBWI announced the Spark Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route.

To find out more about the SCBWI international organization, visit www.scbwi.org and see what SCBWI is doing in countries all around the world.

History of SCBWI Ireland
The Irish Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI Ireland, was begun on November 24th 2007. Our membership includes published and aspiring writers and illustrators.

SCBWI Ireland is for anyone who lives in Ireland or Northern Ireland and writes and/or illustrates stories for children, ranging from picture books to middle grade books to novels for young adults.

Where in Ireland are you based? We have informal gatherings regularly in Cork to try to give all our members a chance to attend in person. For more information about upcoming in-person gatherings, see our “Meet-Ups” page. If you can’t meet in person, you can always keep in touch online through this website or through our Twitter account or Facebook page.

SCBWI champions critiquing as a means to advance your craft. Find a local group, join an online critique group, or start up your own!

SCBWI Ireland has an online critique group, called Scribblers, that “meets”  once a month. It runs from September to June each year. Fore more information, see the “Scribblers” page.

We organize an annual event, a seminar, workshop, conference, or another opportunity for our members to learn more about the crafts of writing and illustrating, and to learn more about getting published if that is your goal.

SCBWI Ireland Banner
Designed by Sarah Bowie, illustrator and SCBWI Ireland member.

Visit Sarah’s Web pages: http://sarah-bowie.blogspot.com or http://www.behance.net/sarahbowie


20 responses to “About SCBWI

  1. Thank you for publishing this awesome article. I’m a long time reader but I’ve never been compelled to leave a comment.
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    Thanks again for a great article!

  2. Theresa Fitzpatrick

    I just finished a model for a multicultural children’s pop-up book. I was an immigration attorney in nyc and now live in the west of ireland. I am not published. Can I apply for the multicultural grant with an associate membership in SCBWI?
    Thank you :).

    • Hi Theresa,
      Congratulations on finishing your book. I don’t know what the requirements are for a multicultural grant, but I would think that being a member of the SCBWI organization would be a good credential to have on your application. We provide a lot of resources and support for our members, both locally and through the main SCBWI.org website. You can contact me directly at scbwiireland at gmail dot com if you want to talk in more detail. Colleen

  3. Josephine Harhen

    Hi. I have writtena children’s book about angels and am looking for an illustrator.
    Having unsuccessfully submitted it to agents I am now going to self publish.
    If any of your members can help with advice etc it would be really appreciated

  4. Have just found you! And pleased I did 🙂

    • Thanks! We’re always trying to improve the information on the site. If you’re in an around Cork on August 11th, we’ve another meet-up planned. Details on the meet-up page. Colleen 🙂

  5. Hello SCBWI Ireland, (from a ranch across the Atlantic.) I look forward to visiting Ireland this summer. (My first time!) Thanks for the follow on Twitter.
    –from a fellow SCBWI member in northern California.

    • Welcome Robin of Rock Ridge!

      We hope you enjoy your visit.


    • Have a lovely time in Ireland! When are you coming? Some of us are meeting in Cork on June 16th if you’re in the area and want to drop by. We have an event set up on Facebook if you’re an FBer. Colleen 🙂

  6. Hi everyone in SCBWI Ireland! I’m really looking forward to meeting some (all?) of you at the Dublin retreat in November. We’ll have some fun, get some writing done, and hopefully learn a thing or two.

    Can’t wait!

    Steve Hartley

  7. Hi to you all in Ireland.

  8. Hi Candy, thanks for dropping by!

    Thank you Helen – we always welcome good news from our fellow Scoobies here and abroad.

  9. Dia Dhuit SCBWI Ireland! I wish you all the success that the wonderful British SCBWI talent is coming up with.
    My book the Woppapotamus from Titan was first launched in Eire by your (then) Minister of States for Arts and Culture, Martin Mansergh.
    Helen x

  10. Hello SCBWI Ireland!

  11. Thank you very kindly, Kathy! Much appreciated!!

  12. Hello SCBWI Ireland *waves from across the water* – looking forward to your many undoubted successes :o)

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