Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Extras

Calendar Image Contest

This year, we ran our calendar contest early, which was open to all RMC members to enter. Voting on submitted images will continue through July 30, 2022.

Twelve illustrations will be selected, and the top voted winner will grace the calendar cover, receive free Fall 2023 conference attendance, and the honor of having their image featured on RMC 2023 conference materials and merchandise. 2023 RMC calendars will be sold to members, and all winners and 2022 conference speakers receive a free copy. 

Individual calendars will be available for purchase via our 2022 conference registration, and limited quantities will be available via the Lines & Letters conference bookstore.

Keep an eye on our messages through the year for your opportunity to submit work to the 2024 Calendar Contest.



First Impressions Illustration Critique Session 

Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022

With Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon and Schuster (Saturday, included in Saturday 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. We will do our best to get to all the images, as time allows.

Please email 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: a white background is no longer required)

*Email our Illustrator Coordinator at  (Illustrator Coordinator Heather Brockman Lee will send you a confirmation email so you know your images have been received).


We cannot 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, Eats, & Autographs on Saturday from 4:40–6:00 p.m. 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 $30, illustrators may submit their portfolios for review by faculty members. YOU WILL BE SEEN! There are a limited number of Juried Portfolio Contest spots, so register early. 

Portfolios, postcards, and signed waivers must be checked in on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. at the end hallway past the ballroom. Ask registration staff for directions if needed. Cutoff time is 3:30 p.m. 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 $30 gift certificate to the conference bookstore.

The results of the judging will be announced on Saturday evening at Arts, Eats, & Autographs and Sunday morning during announcements. Post-conference, Heather Brockman Lee will contact the prizewinner 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, & Autographs! (see details above)

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



Pre-registration required.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m., September 2, 2022

A number of 20-minute one-on-one review sessions are available to conference registrants. Please note this is for SCBWI members only. Per guidelines set by SCBWI, in-person and virtual portfolio reviews are $50. 

How it works: You are in the driver’s seat! On a space-available basis, you may pre-register for a review if you are an SCBWI member and attending the conference in-person or virtually. Those who register early will have the most options! Take time to read faculty member biographies and select the perfect match for you. 

Portfolio submission: Within a day or two of your registration, you will receive an email from Dea Brayden, Manuscript Critique and Portfolio Review Coordinator (, regarding portfolio guidelines. Note: All illustrators should prepare 12–15 pages and will also submit a .PDF (DUE: SEPT 2) as a backup. 

In-person one-on-one reviews will be scheduled for 20 minutes slots. Appointments are assigned during workshop times based on the critiquer’s schedule. Please be aware you may miss a portion of a workshop in order to receive one-on-one feedback on your portfolio.

Virtual reviews by video chat will take place following the conference. Critique Coordinator Dea Brayden will be in touch to facilitate scheduling a mutually agreed-upon time and date.

NOTE: Portfolio reviews are offered on a space-available basis; therefore, we can only offer a maximum of one per person. Portfolio reviews are nonrefundable.


Dea Brayden, Manuscript Critique and Portfolio Review Coordinator,




Conference Bookstore—Member Book Sales

Bookstore deadline: 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022

If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on September 10–11, 2022, 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 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2022. 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 important rules

*Only members who are attending the conference in-person 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 our Book Sales Instructions page and can be found in the menu in the top right corner.

*Please meet the unbreakable deadline: July 30, 2022. 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 Intensives

Pre-registration required. Limited space.

Putting Your Best Art Forward: Making Stories Out of Moments with Laurent Linn

What you present on your website, in your portfolio, and in art samples must show much more than a variety of what illustrations you can create. It should show that you can put into art all of the essential elements art directors, editors, and agents are looking for—in essence, all of the elements that make a children’s book accessible and exceptional. In this intensive, we will be exploring these elements and more to help your art stand out, whether intended for picture books, illustrated middle grade, graphic novels, or other formats.

PRE-ASSIGNMENT: Please submit one art sample image (it can either be an existing illustration or something you create new just for this intensive) that represents your best work.

*The illustration should be something that you would include in your portfolio and/or website (or currently have in your portfolio and/or website.)

*Send the image in an email as a JPEG or PDF to Heather at by Friday, September 2, 2022.

During the intensive, Laurent Linn will present and give feedback and thoughts on each submitted illustration to help you make your art the best it can be.

From Pitch To Plot to Winning Submission with Kaz Windness

How does an idea become a book? How do you get unstuck when a story idea is just not working? How do you hook an agent or publisher with your book idea?

This workshop will help you craft a winning elevator pitch (logline), expand it into a 3-Act Plot Structure, and provide tools to help you to develop your book idea into an irresistible pitch-perfect package, ready to submit and dazzle agents and publishers! This hands-on intensive will provide you with everything you need to turn an idea into a book. Kaz will share her secret formula to publishing success and answer all your burning questions.

This workshop is designed for picture book authors or illustrators who want to write picture books. Please come with a book idea featuring a main character that faces a problem.

Author and Illustrator Marketing Intensive with Janna Morishima

For writers and artists, learning how to write and draw a great story is only half the battle. You also have to learn how to market yourself effectively! In this roundtable, we’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting yourself out there and selling both yourself and your work. Since this will be a roundtable format, each participant will share their successes and challenges, and we’ll crowdsource some of the best self-promotion strategies. We’ll share ways to improve our online platforms as we review each other’s websites and social media accounts in real time.

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.


Visit our Intensives page for more information.



Interactive Critique Connect Workshop 

Come to critique and exchange emails so you can form a new group. 

Who: For Illustrators and Authors

When: 6:15 p.m. –7:45 p.m. 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 p.m. and sit at a table marked for your target group (i.e., illustrator, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, nonfiction) 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 Rachel Funez will set up tables with signs and be on hand to 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. For example, 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 (5 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 Rachel Funez. She can be reached at

What can you do right now? Click here to visit our Critique Groups page (you 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, Rachel, at with the requested information. Also, contact Rachel if you have questions prior to the conference.