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SCBWI Singapore News: September 2015


SCBWI Singapore News

September 2015


Dear Singapore SCBWIies,

We had a huge turn out at last month's meeting and it was fantastic to meet some new authors and illustrators and hear about their journeys so far. The topic of discussion was 'The Different Genres of Children's Literature' but of course, we managed to cover much more than that, and many new creative connections were formed in the process.


Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th September (details below) and we will be discussing the 'Ins and Outs of Self Publishing.' If you are interested in learning from our self published members about the good the bad and the ugly in self bublishing please do join us. And if you have already self published a children's book please do come along and share your experiences and expertise with the rest of us. We would love to hear your self publishing story!

All the best, 

Catherine Carvell

Singapore SCBWI RA               



 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.

A new monthly meeting with a focus on Picture Books

One of our Singapore SCBWI' members, DeDi Hassan, suggested a monthly meeting with a specific focus on Picture Books (on top of our current monthly meetings which have a much broader focus) might be of benefit to a lot of our members.
If you write, or think about writing picture books and would like to be involved in this exciting initiative please contact Dedi at

Thank you Dedi, for volunteering to coordinate this venture. I am sure it will prove to be a very popular one.

Private SCBWI Singapore facebook page

We have created a new (private) SCBWI Singapore facebook page the Singapore SCBWI Support Group. The posts on this page will be seen only by its members and as such will give us more freedom to ask questions and share ideas without everything being public. All current SCBWI Singapore members will receive an invite to the page very soon. PLease feel free to;

– introduce you and your work 

– provide useful info and help to inspire others 

– share news and topics relevant to children's literature and our industry







SCBWI International News






On-the-Verge-Emerging Voices Grant

Applications for the on-the-verge grant will be accepted between September 15 and November 15, 2015

Any writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America is eligible to apply. (American Indian, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander)

The manuscript must be an original work written in English for young readers and may not be under contract.  The applicant must be over 18, be unpublished, and should not yet have representation.

For more information click here









Singapore SCBWI Upcoming Events

The Ins and Outs of Self-publishing


Date: Tuesday 15th September

Time: 7pm

Venue: Relish, first floor Cluny Court opposite Botanic Gardens MRT


If you want to learn how to go about self publishing in Singapore, this is a MUST for you. Self published authors and illustrators will talk about their experiences, lessons learned, the positives and negatives of self-publishing. And if you are already self-published , then please do come along and share with us your experiences. We would love to learn from you. 


Singapore SCBWI Christmas Dinner

    Date: Saturday 5th December

    Time: 7pm 

    Venue: Ellenborough Market Café, Swissotel Merchant Court

    Cost and payment method: To be advised








Non SCBWI News

Beyond Words: Malay and Tamil Picture Books and YA Fiction

The National Arts Council and National Book Development Council of Singapore invite children’s  and young adult fiction writers writing in Malay and Tamil to submit their unpublished manuscripts of children’s and young adult fiction to be published under the Beyond Wordsproject. Selected manuscripts will be funded under the Beyond Words scheme for Print and adaptation into Enhanced eBooks or App formats.

The open call will close 30 August 2015. You can find more information here. Please direct all queries to

Understanding Rights and Contracts for Writers and Illustrators (21 Sep)

Learn how to better manage your contractual relationship with your publisher. This 3-hour course specially designed for writers and illustrators will enlighten you on the terms in a publishing contract and other important know-hows.  You will also learn whether your works are copyright protected and how you can obtain the necessary copyright clearances for your works.

Writing and Illustrating Picture Books (26 Sep)

Join children’s writer and illustrator, Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo), as he guides you through the process of writing, translating, editing and understanding the principles of children’s picture books. Suitable for new or emerging writers and illustrators of picture books.

For more information, visit the ALAP website or email








 Member News and Events

Multilingual Storytelling Workshop
Evelyn Wong will be doing a multilingual storytelling workshop, in collaboration with storyteller Tan Joo Hymn, at Singapore Writers Festival. More on the workshop and the Singapore Writers Festival in the next newsletter.
Book Launch
You are invited to Hidayah Amin's launch of her illustrated children's book: Mina meets Cambridge. The book is about dreaming big and persevering to achieve one's ambitions despite adversities and challenges. The content is suitable for children 9 years and above. The book is illustrated by new SCBWI member Muhammad Jafri.



















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