Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PAL Opportunities

We are excited to offer several opportunities to our PAL (Published and Listed) members who attend the conference.

In order for Self-Published authors to qualify for conference PAL opportunities, they must show proof of at least 1000 sales, which may include borrows in Kindle Unlimited. Please send proof after registration to Erica Rodgers at


New! PAL Author and Illustrator Panel!

Saturday, March 26th, 3:20-4:15 pm

Our same, amazing author/illustrator panel but with our very own Midsouth published members! The topic this year is: Midsouth Success Stories and Best-Practices for Building a Lasting Career. In order to be considered for the panel, you must choose the option during registration. You will be asked to provide the name of your most-recently published book and 50 words telling us why you’d like to participate. If chosen, this opportunity comes with an honorarium of $50, automatic placement in our signing party, and an invitation to our faculty dinner on Friday night, March 25th. Preference will be given to authors who have published a new title since the last SCBWI Midsouth conference (September 15, 2019).


SCBWI Authors/Illustrators Display

Displayed throughout the conference

SCBWI PAL members from any region who are attending the Midsouth conference may email up to three pictures which will be digitally displayed on the hotel board outside our main meeting room throughout the conference. Pictures may be published books (written or illustrated for children), illustrations, or promotional material. Instructions on submitting materials for display will be sent to each PAL via email.


Midsouth Cocktail and Autograph Party 

5:00–6:30 p.m. Saturday

Qualified attendees will select this option when registering for the conference. Due to COVID restrictions, there may be fewer spots than in past years. These slots fill quickly, so register early if you’d like to be a part of the Cocktail and Autograph Party signing.

Sign copies of your PAL-approved books and meet and greet other Midsouth conference attendees. Preference will be given to authors who have published a new title since the last SCBWI Midsouth conference (September 15, 2019). A waiting list of authors without new titles will be compiled, and we will fill remaining signing spots on a first-come basis after January 5th. Participation in this event is limited to the first 10 author or illustrator PAL-level SCBWI members (from any region) who complete online registration, pay registration fees, and submit up to five titles with valid ISBN numbers by February 5th. Titles for signing must be published as children’s or young adult literature, be returnable, have no minimum order requirements, and be readily available from Ingram according to Parnassus Books’ sales terms. Exceptions may be made if the book is already stocked by Parnassus Books. (Authors and illustrators should determine the publication date and availability of their titles before deciding to participate.) Send an email with contact info (please indicate whether you are an author, illustrator, or both) along with titles, ISBN numbers, and any questions to Erica Rodgers at Titles from the autograph party will also be made available for purchase in the conference bookstore throughout the weekend, as supplies last.