Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Extras

Calendar Image Contest

Pre-registration Required

All of our 2017 conference speakers will recieve a 2018 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 2018 conference attendance, as well as receive the honor of having their image featured on our 2018 conference materials and merchandise.

New this year: Entering the calendar contest is included with your conference tuition, however please pre-register so we can plan for enough tables and supplies available for everyone who wants to participate. If you're already registered and want to add on this item, please contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland at 

For details, including eligibility and submission guidelines, click this document:      2017-RMC-calendar-contest

NOTE CHANGE TO RULES: Voting will now be left open through Arts & Eats. Tickets will be tallied around 6pm. Official announcement of winners will happen Sunday morning.

First Impressions Illustration Critique Session  
with agent Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary (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 

Along side the tables set for the autograph party, tables will also be set for for displaying illustrator portfolios. This all takes place during the "Arts, Eats, & Autographs" which is scheduled from 4:40pm-6:00pm. We have asked the professionals on faculty to make sure they spend time looking at your work, so be sure to set out promotional postcards. There will be food and drink out during this event, so we recommend not having original art work on display.

  Juried Portfolio Review Pre-registration Required

For an additional $20.00, illustrators may submit their portfolios for a juried review byselect members of the faculty.Judging will take place from 3:30-4:20 on Saturday during the fourth breakout session. Illustrators will need to sign a waiver and check in their portfolio at the end hallway past the ballroom at 3:20. (Ask registration staff for directions if needed.) All portfolios must be checked in at this time to be eligible. The results of the judging will be announced Saturday evening. PRIZE: One winner will be chosen to receive a one-on-one portfolio consultation via Skype with none other than Laurent Linn, Simon & Schuster Art Director extraordinaire! The prize winner and Laurent will come of with a mutually convenient time to be arranged after the conference. You must be registered for the conference to take part in this offering. Please Note: There is no feedback provided with this contest. 

Refer to the Juried Portfolio Review Guidelines for more details.  PLEASE SIGN: JURIED Portfolio Release Form

Please click here for release form.

One-On-One Portfolio Consultations Pre-registration Required 

A limited number of 30-minute private critique sessions with Vanessa Brantley Newton, Luke Flowers, Sean McCarthy, or Emily Feinberg are available to conference registrants. Please note this is a members-only offering. 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.

 Member Book Sales

Bookstore deadlineFriday, September 15, 2017

If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on October 7-8, 2017, BRAVO! Huzzah! Congratulations! Furthermore, this qualifies you to have one title included in the member book sale during conference weekend. Due to the popularity of this offering, the book table can only accept books that have been registered by 11:59pm Friday, September 15, 2017. Because we have to ensure books arrive on time, and we have to pre-plan our space, there will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Please note a few pesky but important rules

·         Only members who are attending the conference may have their book sold at the conference;

·         SCBWI rules and limited space allow for only one title per attendee.

·         Please follow the instructions to the letter. Instructions are here at this BOOK SALES INSTRUCTION's link

·         Please meet the unbreakable deadline, September 15, 2017. We want to see your book in our store! ❤

·         Carrie Seidel is our book sales conference coordinator and your single point of contact. Please don't contact our bookstore partner, instead direct ALL  questions to Carrie at Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers! 

For instructions on registering, visit Book Sales Instructions 

Optional Illustrator Post-Conference Intensive


Illustrator Intensive with Vanessa Brantley Newton

Character Building with Diversity in Mind

Diversity is vital to children's books, and knowing how to illustrate characters with authenticity will set you apart. This isn't as easy as putting a child of color into a scene; it must be genuine. In this workshop, we will explore what makes a pitch perfect character and what is considered cliche or offensive to other cultures. I'll share my process of creating hair, skin colors, and clothing and how to keep a journal or catalog of interesting clothing, accessories, facial features, hair dos and textures. I'll also demonstrate my collage technique and you'll be asked to create a special piece to stretch yourself and try something new. Collage papers will be supplied. Please bring a notebook or sketchbook big or small, your favorite drawing or painting supplies, scissors, and a glue stick.


Pre-registration reguired, limited space

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 and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive. 

New this year:  Those who register for an intensive will also receive a boxed lunch and beverage!

We noticed in past conferences that it has been hard to get lunch prior to the start of the intensive, so this year's intensives are inclusive of a boxed lunch of your choice (selections will be made during online registration) and a beverage. Marriott catering staff will be ready to distribute boxed lunches in exchange for your registration ticket. Distrubution will happen immediately following the close of the conference. Please note, box lunches are only for those who registered for a post-conference intensive. Sorry, there is no price adjustment available if you forgo the boxed lunch. Visit our Intensives page for more information.