Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Ready, Set, Go! Annual Contest is Open!

How’s your work in progress coming along? Could you use a quick critique from an experienced writer?

How about feedback from an acquiring agent?

How about getting this feedback for FREE?

And even better, if your manuscript places first in its category, your SCBWI membership renewal for the next year will cost you nothing! (Woo Hoo!)

So what are you waiting for? Get your manuscript pages polished and send them in before the June 30 (midnight) deadline!

Details of what to submit and where are HERE.


In case you’re not convinced yet, here are the agents who have graciously agreed to be our professional judges this year:

Illustrated Texts (fiction and nonfiction picture books)

Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary, Inc.

Jennie Dunham (AALA and SCBWI member) worked at three New York City literary agencies before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. in 2000. Her clients have been New York Times bestsellers and have won awards such as Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, International Reading Association Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Her agency represents children’s books for all ages from novelty and picture book through middle grade and young adult as well as literary fiction and non-fiction for adults.

Middle Grade Novels and Chapter Books

Chelsea Hensley, KT Literary

Before joining KT Literary as an associate agent, Chelsea was a freelance editor and perpetual publishing intern. In 2018 she mentored in Pitch Wars and most recently was an editorial intern at Page Street Publishing where she assisted on titles from Addie Thorley and Breanna Shields. She has a BA in English from the University of Missouri. She likes fresh and imaginative SFF, dark and twisty mysteries/thrillers, and whipsmart protagonists. She is interested in working with authors belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in publishing, especially Black authors. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing Dungeons & Dragons, watching The Golden Girls, or playing with her dog.

Young Adult Novels

Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jemiscoe “Jem” Chambers-Black (she/her) is an associate agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. But before joining the publishing industry, she was an assistant director for film and television. Her love for books prevailed, and she went back to school to earn her MFA in English literature and creative writing in fiction. Jem represents a diverse client list of illustrators, picture books (by referral only), MG, YA, and adult authors. Across the board, and regardless of age group or genre, Jem is interested in writing that contains authentic emotional resonance–whether it brings on the giggles or tears or both. Find her online: Twitter | Instagram