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Member News: Winter 2016


SCBWI Japan Member News

Posted by Misa Dikengil Lindberg, Vermont, USA


As always, compiling this season's members news has been hugely inspirational. SCBWI Japan members are a diverse crew of dedicated translators, authors, poets, and illustrators. I hope you get a chance to read many of these recent publications!

Avery Fischer Udagawa published an interview at Cynsations with Marian Smith, translator of the YA novel Playing a Part from Russian. She also wrote an article for SCBWI Insight called "Translation: Some Frequently Asked Questions."

Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud's first published poem, “Ode to the Pangolin,” appeared in the January 2016 Cricket Magazine. The poem was originally part of a blog post on her “Beloved of Beasts” website:

Suzanne Kamata's poem "Hiroshima School for Girls" appeared in the August 2015 issue of Skipping Stones.

Leza Lowitz’s solo debut YA novel, Up from the Sea, came out in January from Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House, and was named #1 of Buzzfeed’s "Five YA Books You Should be Reading.” Lowitz received the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Multicultural Literature Honor for the work in manuscript form. 




Artwork by Izumi Tanaka, Japanese gouache painting


Izumi Tanaka's Mame-Chan won second prize at the competition of Creative Media Publisher in Japan. It will appear as an e-book in 2016.

Holly Thompson's young adult short story "The Ridge Path" was a finalist for the 2015 Hunger Mountain Katherine Paterson Prize, and her middle-grade verse novel Falling into the Dragon's Mouth will be published by Henry Holt in April, 2016. Holly was offered a Traidhos Artist Residency in Thailand to develop poetry projects for children and teens. 

Debbie Yasaki's middle-grade manuscript, Payment to the Desert, received the third-place award in the Willamette Writers’ 2015 Kay Snow YA and Middle Grade Fiction CompetitionRoland Smith Award; received Honorable Mention in the 2015 League of Utah Writers’ Creative Writing Contest, First Chapter—YA Category; was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 2015 Literary Contest, MG Category; and received Honorable Mention (novel) in RateYourStory’s 2015 writing contest. She is currently seeking representation.