Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Challenge Schedule

January 1:  Registration opens for Carolinas members


February 1:  Registration opens for SCBWI members in other regions


March 1:  Registration deadline


March 3-16 :  STEP 1: Pick Your Project (2 weeks); required checkpoint


March 17-April 6:  STEP 2: Draft Your Story (3 weeks); required checkpoint


March 19:  Webinar on story with John Cusick, Greenhouse Literary


April 7-20:  STEP 3: Develop Your Characters (2 weeks); required checkpoint


April 21-May 4:  STEP 4: Storyboard Text and Art (2 weeks); required checkpoint


April 23:  Webinar on pacing with Sylvie Frank, Associate Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


May 5-June 29:  STEP 5: Create Full-Size Sketches (8 weeks); required checkpoint


May 21:  Webinar on composition with Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director, Penguin/US


June 30-July 27:  STEP 6: Create Final Art (4 weeks); required checkpoint


July 28-August 10:  STEP 7: Comp the Cover and Assemble the Dummy (2 weeks); required checkpoint


August 11-August 24:  Grace period to complete dummies (2 weeks)


August 25:  Dummies sent to critiquing agents