Inside Story Still Happening In May

Inside Story, the  twice-yearly celebration of new books by members of Western Washington’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, usually occurs in a crowded bookstore or library auditorium. Not this spring!

On May 31, as per the organizers: “we’re gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zoom-a Zoom with booksellers, teachers, librarians, and our book peeps to hear your two-minute presentations about your new masterpiece!”

SCBWI members will be making these presentations on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. from their homes. Only books “traditionally published” between between November 18, 2019, and May 31, 2020, can be presented.

The official rules and application can be found at

Applications for this event must be received by May 11.

As for this chance to engage booksellers and librarians, the organizers have the following lighthearted advice: “Scared of presenting? You don’t even have to leave your house or wear clothes from the waist down! We’ll help you with the tech if you need it. This is a great way to get your name and your book in the faces of people who want to buy it!”