Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Socials, Contests, and Signings

Friday Evening Social, 8:00-11:00 pm
Come As You Are to our Friday night social Pajama Party, complete with milk, cookies, and books! Because we all know the reality of writing and illustrating is usually working in our comfy clothes. Don’t forget to bring your dancing slippers!


Art Contest
SCBWI member illustrators attending the conference are invited to exhibit an unpublished illustration of three scenes in a sequence using the prompt TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE. The artwork should include the following objectives:

1) Show a sequence of three narratively connected scenes.

2) Show interaction of characters, suggesting the game Two Truths and a Lie. We encourage humor and creativity!

3) The final artwork should be displayed on board with rigid backing, maximum 18” in any dimension so that it can be easily displayed on a small tabletop easel or book stand, which should be provided by the artist. The displayed illustrations will be judged by Art Director Katrina Damkoehler and the winner will receive discounted admission to either the 2019 Fall Retreat or Spring 2019 Wild, Wild Midwest Regional conference.


Manuscript Contest
This year we’re offering a contest for our writers. If you purchase a manuscript critique, you will have the option of adding on a $10 entry pass to be in the running for the Manuscript of the Year prize, which in addition to the fame and glory include a discounted future conference admission. The one-time, $10 fee will get every manuscript you’ve purchased a critique for entered into the contest! The manuscript contest will be judged by our mystery editor. See registration for more details.


Conference Bookstore & Autograph Party
Attending participants may showcase one new title in the conference bookstore. The book must have been released within the last 12 months. Self  or traditionally published books are both accepted, however, the book must be for children or teens, or on the craft of writing/illustrating. One title per person. If the bookstore is unable to get your book, you will be contacted with an option to bring your own copies. Book information (ISBN, Title, Release Date) is due by August 20, 2018. If you wish to submit your book, please contact our book sales coordinator Deb Bushman at


Portfolio Display
The illustrator’s portfolio and one dummy, along with postcards or business cards can also be displayed in front of the contest piece. Even if you’re not participating in the contest, you can still show your portfolio. There is no extra charge, but you must register for this when you register for the conference.


Artwork Drop Off
Please drop off your mounted illustration, your own small tabletop easel labeled with your name, your portfolio and postcards (optional) by the registration table in Bauer Lodge before 6 pm on Friday. Bring a color copy of your illustration – not the original – as we cannot guarantee the safety of your work. Art Show or Contest questions, please contact Andrea Skyberg at



If you have a book that’s been released in the past 2 years which you’d like to have sold through our bookstore, please get in touch with Deb Buschman our Book sale Coordinator at by August 10th to ensure your titles are added to our list.


If you’re interested in volunteering at our Fall Conference, please contact MaryLee Flannigan at