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SCBWI Singapore News; July 2015


SCBWI Singapore July 2015


Dear Singapore SCBWIies,

June was an amazing month for children's writers and illustrators in Singapore due to the wonderful AFCC. I do hope you managed to get along to some events and enjoyed the wonderful creative and sharing atmosphere. It looks like we have had a flood of new members join up since AFCC so welcome to you! It is great to have you aboard! 

scbwi afcc 2015

Here are a few of us gathered at AFCC before heading off to the SCBWI dinner at Boat Quay. I seriously underestimated how many people would come along to the dinner and so our venue was very squishy, but that didn't stop us having a great evening chatting with old and new friends from SCBWI Indonesia, Japan, Australia East, Australia West, New England and Hong Kong. Thanks to everyone who helped organise things on the night !


Our next meeting will be held on 22nd July (details below) uly meeting will be held and hopefully we will get to meet all or some of our new members.  We will be sharing our highlights from the AFCC as well as providing a show and tell. If you have a book published, a portfolio, a mock up book or something you would like to share please bring it along.

All the best, from the SCBWI Singapore Team

Assistant Regional Advisor (ARA): Catherine Carvell               email:


 SCBWI Singapore News

Singapore SCBWI online critique group

Don't forget to post your manuscripts this month !

The SCBWI Singapore Online Critique Group is a forum where SCBWI Singapore members can give and receive monthly critiques on their work in progress (be it manuscripts or illustrations).

The aim of the group is to provide us with a place to chat, discuss works in progress, give and take advice on how to improve, receive encouragement to keep going when you’re feeling disheartened, and receive support and friendship from fellow creators. 

If you are interested in joining the group please let me know and I will provide you with more information about how it all works.

Please note, you must be a current Singapore SCBWI member to participate in this forum.




SCBWI International News

International Awards

If you received any book related awards last calendar year could you please let me know by July 3rd so I can ensure they are reported by international in one of our SCBWI SCBWI publications.


Please remember that SCBWI now recognises the importance of translators in the future of children's literature. As such, if you are a translator, please ensure to tick the 'translator' box on you personal profile under 'professional roles' so you can be kept up to date with news and information that may help your career.




 Singapore SCBWI Upcoming Events


The Different Genres of Children's Literature


Date: Wednesday July 22nd 

Time: 7pm

Venue: Relish, on first floor of Cluny Court, oppostite the Botanic Gardens MRT.


We will discuss the main characteristics of the different genres of children's literature, from picture books to mid-grade to YA. 


We would also like to have a show and tell so please bring along your latest project so we can see what we are all up to.


The Ins and Outs of Self-publishing


Date: Wednesday August 12th

Time: 7pm

Venue: To be advised





Local Opportunities


The 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) has opened for submissions







The Scholastic Asian Book Award seeks unpublished children’s chapter books and young adult novels written by authors living in Asia and of Asian descent, including of course Singapore. The winning book will be published by Scholastic, and the creator will receive SGD$10,000 in cash. The award will be presented at the 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore. The first and second runners-up also have a chance at being published by Scholastic.

For more information and application forms go to; or 


The timeline of SABA 2016 is as follows:

·Closing of submissions: 1 September 2015

·Announcement of shortlist to press: April 2016

·Announcement of winners during AFCC 2016 at the National Library Building in Singapore: late May 2016

This is a wonderful opportunity for writers of Asian decent living in Singapore with a huge cash prize and a possibility if being published for a worldwide audience.







Please note that all entries must be submitted in soft copy and emailed to by the submission deadline of 1 September 2015.














 Member News and Events

**To share your news, please send details to Catherine by the end of the month.**