Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Extras

Calendar Image Contest

Pre-registration and Saturday Attendance Required

During Saturday morning registration, turn in one (1) printed (not original) 8.5″x11″ (horizontally oriented) kidlit appropriate illustration to be displayed for public voting. 12 illustrations will be selected and the top vote-receiving winner will grace the calendar cover, receive free Fall 2020 conference attendance, and the honor of having their image featured on RMC 2020 conference materials and merchandise. 2020 RMC calendars will be sold to members. All winners and 2019 conference speakers receive a free copy. Just think… art directors, editors, and influential industry professionals staring at your image for one full month!

Entering this contest is included with conference tuition, but you must pre-register to save your spot. If you’re already registered and want to add on this item, please contact our registrar, Lindsay Eland at 

MUST-READ RULES: Calendar Contest Guidelines

Voting will be left open through Arts & Eats. Tickets will be tallied around 6pm. Official announcement of winners will be Sunday morning. You do not need to be present on Sunday to win.

First Impressions Illustration Critique Session 
with Molly O’Neill, Agent at Root 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 live on-screen. All attendees to the First Impression session may submit files but are not required to do so. If you submit images, you must attend the review.

Please e-mail the following:

  • Up to three illustrations.
  • Artwork must be newly created within the last two years.
  • JPG files, RGB format
  • Largest side: 1024 pixels (Note: white background no longer required)
  • E-mail to our Illustrator Coordinator at (Kaz will send you a confirmation e-mail so you know your images have been received.)
  • We can not guarantee a review, but we will do our best to get to most everyone.


Portfolio Display during Arts, Eats & Autographs 

Tables will be provided for displaying illustrator portfolios during Arts, East, & Autographs on Saturday from 4:40-6pm. We’ve asked all available faculty to spend time looking at your work, so set out those promotional postcards! There will be food and drink at the event. No original artwork, please!

 Juried Portfolio Contest, Pre-registration and Conference Attendance Required

For an additional $20.00, illustrators may submit their portfolios for review by faculty members. YOU WILL BE SEEN!

Portfolios, postcards, and signed waivers must be checked in on Saturday at 3:20 pm at the end hallway past the ballroom. Ask registration staff for directions if needed.  Cut off is 3:30. Be prompt.

Prizes: The winner will receive a one-on-one portfolio consultation via Skype with an Art Director at a large publishing house (TBD). The runner-up receives a $20 gift certificate to the conference bookstore.

The results of the judging will be announced on Saturday evening at Arts & Eats and Sunday morning during annoucements. Post-conference, Kaz Windness will contact the prize winner and arrange a convenient consultation time with the art director.

Please Note: No portfolio feedback is provided with this contest. Sign up for a one-on-one portfolio review if you want feedback.

Please pick up your portfolio at 4:30. Portfolios will be left unattended after 4:40. Bring your portfolio to Arts & Eats! (see details above)

Refer to the Juried Portfolio Review Guidelines for important rules. To expedite check-in, please PRINT & SIGN: Illustrator Juried Review Release.

One-On-One Portfolio Consultations Pre-registration Required 

A limited number of 30-minute private critique sessions with Meredith Mundy, Angela Dominguez, Sylvie Frank, Ebony Glenn, Molly O’Neill, Kaz Windness, and Stan Yan 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 space, registration for consultations is online only and first come first serve. Select this optional offering when you register here. PLEASE NOTE: Portfolio reviews occur during the course of the conference while sessions are running. You will miss part of the conference, but you’ll receive a valuable one-on-one review.

Member Book Sales

Bookstore deadline11:59pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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 12-13, 2019, 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 Wednesday, September 4, 2019. 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 4, 2019. 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 or your book may be excluded from the bookstore. Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers!

For instructions on registering, visit Book Sales Instructions

Optional Illustrator Post-Conference Intensive

Creating Your Own Business Plan  with Ebony Glenn

A creative business plan is the Illustrator’s roadmap to plan for success, measuring progress, and managing goals. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of having a plan as well as how to create one for your illustration business. You will be developing a business plan outline with everything you need to finish it and implement your goals post-conference. We will also create a vision board for you to visualize your plan and help bring your aspirations to life. Bring supplies to share (magazine clippings, scissors, glue, etc.)!

Pre-registration required, 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.

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

In past conferences, it has been hard to get lunch prior to the start of the intensive, so intensives are now 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. Distribution 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.


Interactive Critique Connect Workshop: Come to critique or to critique and exchange emails so you can form a new group. 

Who: For Illustrators and Authors

When: 6:15pm – 7:45pm, after the autograph party and social hour. It is important to arrive on time in order to form the groups equitably.

What: The Critique Connect will be run in the same way as the national conferences. You’ll gather at 6:15 pm and sit at a table marked for your target group (illustrator, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, non-fiction) with a maximum of five people per group. Therefore, if eight picture book writers show up, there will be two picture book groups. Volunteer leader Andrea Wang will be on hand to pre-set tables with signs and help you find your group.

The session will start with a general review about the “sandwich” method of offering critiques and remind you of the evening’s plan, which is to circle up with your peers, decide on who will be the timer, and establish a fair amount of time per person. If you have five people in your group and you have 1.25 hours remaining to meet, then you should set a timer of 15 minutes per person (five minutes for reading and 10 minutes to get feedback and ask questions).

WHAT TO BRING:  Writers, bring FIVE copies of five pages of your manuscript. Illustrators, bring your portfolio.

*The contact for this event is Andrea Wang. She can be reached at

What can you do right now? Click here to visit our Critique Groups page (must be logged with SCBWI member account to access!), where you can find listings of groups looking for new members. If none of the listed groups meets your needs, you can start your own group by emailing our critique coordinator, Andrea, at: with the requested information. Also, contact Andrea if you have questions prior to the conference.

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