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Reach, Include, Belong — Equity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature


What is Tapestry of Voices?

An initiative in SCBWI North/East Bay for those who want to REACH, INCLUDE, and BELONG by committing to:

  •   • Create children’s literature that reflects the rich tapestry of the world and the diversity of all the people who live in it.
  •   • Celebrate all voices, and finding ways to center under-represented voices in our professional conversations, organization, and work.
  •   • Support each other’s careers across all identities and experiences. Read More »


Next Tapestry of Voices Event:





September 8, 2020

The SCBWI established the On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award in 2012 with funding from Martin and Sue Schmitt of the 455 Foundation. The grant was created to foster the emergence of diverse voices in children’s books.

SCBWI On the Verge, Emerging Voices Award

This award honors an excellent writer or writer/illustrator from an ethnic and/or cultural background that is traditionally under-represented in children’s literature in America (including but not limited to: Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, 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 The applicant must be over 18, be unpublished (self-published is not considered published for this award), and should not yet have representation.

Submissions are open from September 15 through November 15.

Learn more about this award and how to submit your work.


August 24, 2020

The SCBWI stands with The Brown Bookshelf and all Black voices in the publishing industry that have historically been and currently are marginalized and silenced.  #BlackVoicesMatter Twitter | Instagram


The Brown Bookshelf issued a call to action on August 26, 2020. Here’s the press release —

Please help us amplify this message and forward this message on your social media accounts! —


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