Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Extras

Calendar Image Contest

2016 is our chapter’s 40th anniversary – the ruby anniversary — so the theme of this year's contest for the 2016 RMC Calendar is CELEBRATION, ANNIVERSARY or IT’S A PARTY!

All of our 2015 conference speakers will recieve a 2016 RMC Calendar, and it will be available for our members to purchase. The artwork for this calendar will be created by our illustrators! Just think… art directors, editors and influential industry professionals staring at your image for one full month! 12 winners/winning images will be selected and one grand prize winner will have their image printed on the cover of the calendar and receive free Fall 2016 conference attendance, as well as receive the honor of having their image featured our 2016 conference brochure and merchandise.

For details, including eligibility and submission guidelines, click this document: RMC calendar contest.









First Impressions Illustration Critique Session  
with editor-art director Semadar Megged, Penguin Randomhouse (Sunday, included in Sunday registration)

In an effort to provide all attendees with an illustration critique, a group format digital slide show session will be utilized. Each attendee may submit up to three illustrations. Each image will be anonymous and critiqued on-screen. All attendees to the First Impression session may submit files.

Please e-mail the following:

  • Up to three illustrations.
  • Artwork must be newly created within the last two years.
  • JPG files, RGB format
  • Place your art on a WHITE background, 1024 pixels wide x 768 pixels tall.
  • E-mail to (Karen will send you a confirmation e-mail so you know your images have been received.)


Philomel Portfolio Guidelines


Free Illustrator Self-Promotion — “Chairperson of the Board”

We are offering each illustrator their own display easel — A CHAIR— to decorate any way you like! Watch agents, editors and authors sit up and take notice of your unique style! Display new illustration samples, art and design services you offer, classes you teach — the options are endless for art biz self promotion. 1. Each exhibitor is furnished with one chair. Approximate dimensions: 15.5” width, 16” depth, 36” overall height. Seat height is 16”. 2. Decorate your chair as ingeniously as possible. The dimensions of any display board used may not exceed 22” wide x 28” high. 3. You may include art samples, business cards, postcards, brochures and a mailing list in your display. 4. Please respect your neighbor, no sound or lighting allowed. 5. All decoration must be removable. Overall dimensions may not exceed: 24” width, 20” depth, 48” height. 6. Any adhesive residue must be removed after dismantle. 7. Set up is Saturday, 7:15 am – 8:00 am. Registration will direct you to the setup location. 8. Tear down is Sunday, between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Any remaining displays and promotional material will be thrown away. 9. Displays will not be attended. Please do not exhibit anything of value. We haven't had any issues with theft, but let's not tempt fate!


Portfolio Display during Arts, Eats & Autographs 

Tables will be set up for displaying your portolios during Arts, Eats & Autographs at 4:30. We have asked editor, agent and art director faculty to take make sure they spend some time looking at your work, so be sure to set out promotional postcards. We are also asking the hotel to delay the food and drink distribution to give attendees time to look at your portfolios sans sticky fingers. Plastic sleeves are encouraged. No original artwork. 


One-On-One Portfolio Consultations ($45 members, $70 non-members) **SOLD OUT**

A limited number of 30-minute private critique sessions with author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino and editor/art director at Penguin Randomhouse, Semadar Megged are available to conference registrants. Illustrators are welcome to bring their portfolios for discussion, but they should be prepared focus on their four strongest pieces for an in-depth critique. Due to limited availability, registration for consultations is online only and first come first serve. Select this optional offering when you register here.

PAL Book Sales

If you are a PAL (Published and Listed) member of SCBWI (see under “About SCBWI/Levels of Membership” for details), have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on September 19-20, 2015, you can have your book(s) included in the member book sale that weekend. Due to the popularity of this offering, the book table cannot accept books which have not been registered by Friday, August 21, 2015There are no exceptions to this deadline to ensure books arrive on time. We also cannot sell books by members who will not be attending the conference. 

For instructions on registering, visit the PAL Book Sales Instructions page


Illustrator Intensive

Post-Conference Intensives ($75 participant, Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:00pm – 3:30pm)

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference to register for an intensive. 

WHAT A CHARACTER! – Dan Yaccarino
How do you create a memorable children’s book character? Go behind the scenes with picture book author and illustrator and TV producer Dan Yaccarino (Unlovable, Doug Unplugged, The Backyardigans, Oswald) to see how he creates his unforgettable picture book and TV characters. He also shares tips on how to strengthen your picture book character.

Visit our Intensives page for full descriptions and information