Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Opportunities

We are excited to offer several opportunities to illustrators who attend the conference:

Portfolio Showcase at the Dessert Party (Free)

Friday, 7:30-9:30pm

To display, bring your portfolio to the conference registration desk Friday, September 14th, immediately after the Illustrator Intensive from 4:45-5pm, or during Friday night registration from 6:30-8:00pm. There is no charge to display a portfolio. For more information, see formatting guidelines in the Illustrators’ Lounge. No digital portfolios. Please collect your portfolio after the dessert party at 9:30pm. SCBWI cannot be held responsible for damaged or torn materials and/or portfolios not picked up at that time. Register for the portfolio showcase by selecting this option during online registration.


Individual Paid Portfolio Critiques ($45)

Scheduled throughout the conference

Have your art critiqued by an art director for an additional fee of $45. To be scheduled for an individual paid portfolio critique, please check the appropriate box on your online registration. Space is limited, so paid portfolio critiques will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once space is filled, the option to register will disappear from the registration site. Conference fees and registration must be received by August 1st to participate. One paid portfolio critique per attendee, limited to current SCBWI members from any region. No refunds. Please bring your portfolio with you to the conference; do not send art ahead of time.


The Annual Midsouth Illustrator Contest ($20)

Judging takes place on Saturday/Winner announced on Saturday

For attendees of the Midsouth conference. Contest entries will be displayed for judge Patti Ann Harris and all conference attendees. Winning artwork will be announced at the conference and will become part of the yearly Midsouth Illustrator Hall of Fame. Register for the contest when you register for the conference. The entry fee is $20. Bring your entry to the conference registration desk Friday, September 14th, immediately after the Illustrator Intensive from 4:45-5:00pm, or during Friday night registration from 6:30-8:00pm, or Saturday morning, September 15th, between 7:30-8:15am. No refunds will be given for entries not turned in. For formatting guidelines and the contest prompt, visit the Illustrators’ Lounge.


Individual Paid Picture Book Dummy Critique, Face-to-Face OR Written-Only (prices below)

Scheduled throughout the conference

Illustrators who also write may submit a picture book dummy for an individual manuscript critique. Dummy must be accompanied by a properly formatted manuscript as a PDF no larger than 5MB. The price for face-to-face critiques is $75 to choose your own critiquer or $45 to have a critiquer assigned to you. Written-only critiques are $45 and the critiquer is assigned to you. Please contact Mary Uhles, illustrator coordinator, at with questions and the words DUMMY CRITIQUE (all caps) in the subject line. Deadline to submit dummies is June 5th.