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 ($25)

4:30–6:30 p.m. Saturday

For the first time SCBWI Midsouth will host a juried portfolio showcase. To participate, select this option when registering for the conference. Then bring your portfolio to the registration table between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th. Portfolios will have a private viewing with faculty before the Cocktail and Autograph Party. Faculty members will be encouraged to mark their favorite pieces from all portfolios submitted, and an overall winner will be selected and announced at the Silver and Steam Gala Dinner. No digital portfolios, but one promotional piece may be displayed with your portfolio. Please collect your portfolio after the Cocktail and Autograph Party at 6:30 p.m. SCBWI cannot be held responsible for damaged or torn materials and/or portfolios not picked up at that time. See the portfolio size and formatting guidelines in the Illustrators’ Lounge. Grand Prize winner will be promoted on and in our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, with prominent tweeting under the hashtag #kidlitart.


Individual Paid Portfolio Critiques ($50-$79)

Scheduled throughout the conference.

Have your art critiqued by an art director for an additional fee of $50 (or choose your critiquer for $79). To be scheduled for an individual paid portfolio critique, please check the appropriate box when you register online. 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 for a critique 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.


Individual Paid Picture Book Dummy Critiques, Face-to-Face Critiques, or Written-Only Critiques ($50-$79)

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 prices are as follows:

Face-to-face critiques (scheduled throughout the conference):

• $79 to choose your own critiquer.

• $50 to have a critiquer assigned to you.

Written-only critiques (returned in your folder):

• $50 and the critiquer is assigned to you.

For details about manuscript formatting, see the Manuscript Critiques and Submissions page.

Please contact Mary Uhles, Midsouth illustrator coordinator, at with questions and the words DUMMY CRITIQUE (all caps) in the subject line. Deadline to submit dummies is July 8th.