Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCOTLAND: Winter Social Re-Boot

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Date(s) - 29/01/2022
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

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Good things come to those who wait–our Winter Social is here!

We’ve made it to 2022 and we hope you’re raring to go!

The Zoom Room will open at 5:15 and we’ll welcome our special guests at 5:30 when we’ll bring you an inside look at The Kelpies Prize. If you’ve thought about entering, join us for tips, tales, and current information from both sides of the desk.

We’ll have a little social time after that, including bidding a fond farewell to one of our Network Organisers, who will hand the baton to another of our members. BYOB (or mug) to say cheers and thanks to her for volunteering for SCBWI Scotland for over two years.

Time for a chat and general shenanigans will follow.

Although this is a free event, registration is required to ensure the online safety of our members. The Zoom link will be forwarded to attendees prior to the event.

*Special guests*

Eleanor Collins is Editorial Director at Floris Books in Edinburgh, Scotland’s largest children’s publisher. She is an experienced editor of quality children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction and has worked in UK and Australian publishing.

Lindsay Littleson is based in East Renfrewshire and is the author of Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, The Titanic Detective Agency, Secrets of the Last Merfolk, A Pattern of Secrets and (coming March ’22) The Rewilders. Her first children’s book, The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean, won the 2014 Kelpies Prize and was subsequently published by Floris Books, followed by The Awkward Autumn of Lily McClean.

Kelpies Prize 2022: Open for entry

The prizes discover new writers and illustrators for children in Scotland.

The deadline for entries is 28 February 2022. The prize package includes:
• a year of mentoring from experienced children’s book editors or designers
• consideration for publication with Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, Scotland’s largest children’s publisher
• £500 cash

The Kelpies Prizes have a long and glittering history of finding and developing great Scottish authors and illustrators and amazing new books for children. This year the writing prize is open for picture book text entries as well as chapter books and novels.

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