Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Extras

Calendar Image Contest

All of our 2016 conference speakers will recieve a 2017 RMC Calendar. Additionally, 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 2017 conference attendance, as well as receive the honor of having their image featured on our 2017 conference materials and merchandise.

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

First Impressions Illustration Critique Session  
with editor Stephanie Pitts, Schwartz & Wade (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 our Illustrator Coodinator at (Karen will send you a confirmation e-mail so you know your images have been received.)


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. 

  NEW   Juried Portfolio Review 

Illustrators may submit their portfolios for a juried review by select members of the faculty. From 5:00-5:30 PM on Saturday evening immediately following the Arts, Eats & Autographs Portfolio Viewing, illustrators may sign a waiver and check in their portfolio with conference staff at the registration desk for the private jury viewing. All portfolios must be checked in at this time to be eligible. Portfolios will be secured overnight. Participants will sign out their portfolios again at the registration desk Sunday morning. Participants who are not attending the conference on Sunday can make special arrangements to return your portfolio Saturday night. The results of the judging will be announced during the conference on Sunday. 

This offering is free to registered conference attendees.  Refer to the Juried Portfolio Review Guidelines for more details.

One-On-One Portfolio Consultations Pre-registration Required

($45 members, $70 non-members)

A limited number of 30-minute private critique sessions with author-illustrator Judy Schachner and editors Andrea Spooner of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Sylvie Frank of Paula Wiseman Books are available to conference registrants. Illustrators should bring their entire portfolio for discussion, but they should be prepared to 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.

    NEW    Member Book Sales

SCBWI has recently made changes to the policy allowing self-published and indie books to be sold at conferences and events. All members who are attending the conference may sell ONE title through our conference bookstore, whether that title is traditionally published or independently published. You will need to be present for the book signing Saturday afternoon of the conference. Due to the popularity of this offering, the book table cannot accept books which have not been registered by Friday, August 12, 2016There 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 Book Sales Instructions page

Illustrator Intensive

Post-Conference Intensives ($75 participant, Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:30PM – 5:00PM)

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. 


This no-pressure, fun-filled, workshop is guaranteed to loosen up the hand, the heart, and the mind. Reference imagery, music and words will be provided for the purpose of inspiring a series of quick multi-media studies. Participants are required to bring their own non-digital art supplies such as pencils, pastels, watercolor, gouache, scissors, collage materials ( decorative papers and magazines ) glue sticks and a journal. Be aware that you may need a designated driver at the end of the 3 hours.

Visit our Intensives page for full descriptions and information