Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Inside Story – May 2019

Date(s) - 05/05/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave NE - Bellevue, Washington 98004

The Inside Story is changing, and we want you to be part of it!

Do you have a new book out? If so, you may be eligible to present at Inside Story, our SCBWI region’s biannual celebration of new books. This May, we invite our membership, area booksellers, teachers, and librarians to hear two-minute presentations from eligible PAL (Published and Listed) members. 

We’ve long plugged Inside Story as “Speed dating meets TED Talk,” and this time we’re serious about the speed dating part. Each author and illustrator will prepare a two-minute inside story about their book, but they’ll deliver it several times over the course of the afternoon, to small groups of librarians, booksellers, and guests. When the bell rings, authors and illustrators will shift to the next group and we’ll start again. 

We hope this format promotes more interaction between authors, illustrators, booksellers, and librarians.

If you have a new book you’d like to present, the deadline to apply for this season’s Inside Story is Sunday, March 31st, at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Event details are as follows:Sunday, May 5th, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Bellevue Library1111 110th Ave NEBellevue, WA 98004

If you’re not planning to present this time around, do mark this event on your calendar. You won’t want to miss it!

In order to present at our Spring Inside Story, you must be able to say “Yes!” to all of the following:

  • You are a CURRENT SCBWI member at the PAL (published and listed) level and your profile at is updated to reflect this. 
  • You live in the official Western Washington region.
  • Your publisher is on SCBWI’s list of recognized (traditional) PAL publishers*. (If you’re unsure, check the list here: Your book is brand new (released between December 3rd, 2018 and May 5th, 2019) and has never before been published. (Reprints and new editions do not qualify for Inside Story)
  • Your book is readily available under normal terms through normal trade channels (e.g., Baker & Taylor)

*There is one exception to this requirement. If your self-published book is a continuation of a PAL published series and/or a Spark Award winner, you are still eligible to participate in Inside Story

The application is here. Please fill in all areas. We will email you further information by the first week of April. 

We look forward to hearing from you and learning your inside stories!


Michele Bacon and Dana Sullivan, Inside Story Co-Chairs  and