Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illinois Interactive 2020

Date(s) - 11/13/2020 - 11/15/2020
12:00 am


Launching November 13-15, 2020

SCBWI-Illinois Interactive offers multiple ways to interact with professionals and new ways to get feedback. It’s a conference that is virtually perfect in every way!



Stellar Faculty



John B. Herrington, PhD CDR,              Vanessa Brantley Newton
USN(Ret) Astronaut & Author               SCBWI PAL Author-Illustrator




Esther Cajahuaringa, Assistant Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Meghan McCullough, Assistant Editor, Levine Querido

Andrea Tompa, Executive Editor, Candlewick Press


Claire Draper, Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Jas Perry, Associate Agent, KT Literary

Art Directors

Rick DeMonico, Art Director, Albert Whitman

Ellice Lee, Art Director, Philomel Books, an Imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group

SCBWI PAL Authors & Illustrators

Sarah Aronson

Vanessa Brantley Newton

Cozbi Cabrera

Kate Hannigan

Esther Hershenhorn

Barb Rosenstock

with special appearence by

 John B. Herrington, PhD CDR, USN(Ret) Astronaut & Author


Launch Ticket Includes


John B. Herrington, PhD CDR,             Vanessa Brantley Newton
  USN(Ret) Astronaut & Author           SCBWI PAL Author-Illustrator


LIVE  Q&A with Craft Breakout Faculty

Speak with Faculty in Your Choice of 
Pages/ Pitch / Chat 

Faculty-Moderated Peer Critique Groups / Contest Entry / Portfolio Showcase

PAL & Independently Published Authors, Illustrators, Translators and Faculty

including our celestial


All International SCBWI Members and Non-Members WELCOME
Select the time for each
LIVE & Interactive Session that best suits you!
LIVE & Interactive means that a session is small enough that you may
speak & interact with the faculty in real time.
PLUS, many LIVE sessions are recorded for viewing later.



(above, in the upper box)


Dates to remember*


September 1st Registration opens here, on this page of the website, at noon.
September 29th Deadline for manuscript critiques and manuscript contest. Please see the Guidelines for details (note new guidelines)
September 29th Deadline for Illustration Contest entries, Portfolio Review and Dummy Critiques. See the Guidelines for details.
September 29th Deadline to get a refund, minus a $30 cancellation fee. Fees for Extras are non-refundable. 
October 11th




October 30

Deadline to submit details for Online Bookstore & Social Media Exchange
Deadline to submit First Look/First Pages/Voice and Pitch samples.
Deadline to submit Peer Group Critique Pages
Deadline to submit Showcase Portfolios. See Guidelines or details.

Registration ends

November 6th Virtual Folder link will be emailed to attendees.
  *Please be aware, the Fall Conference has traditionally been a sellout event, and many of our Extra opportunities also fill before their deadlines.





Launch Tickets:
— SCBWI Member Launch Ticket: $100.00 USD;
 — Not-Yet-a-Member Launch Ticket (Non-Member Fee) : $140 USD


Fee-added Extras: 
— 1:1  Zoom & Written Manuscript Critique: $65.00 USD (SCBWI MEMBERS ONLY; not recorded)
— 1:1 Zoom & Written Dummy Critique: $65.00 USD (SCBWI MEMBERS ONLY; not recorded)
— 10 for 10 Zoom Ask Me Anything Session: $10.00 USD (SCBWI MEMBERS & Non-Members Invited; not recorded)
— Written Manuscript Critique: $45.00 USD (SCBWI MEMBERS ONLY)
— Written Portfolio Review: $45.00 USD (SCBWI MEMBERS ONLY)



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—Please review PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES, at right, prior to registration.  By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.

—DO NOT page backward during registration process.

—Credit Cards accepted for online payment.

—If you select a box during registration and want to make a change, simply un-check that box and check a new one!

Illinois Interactive Registration Questions?: Email Darcy Zoells, Registrar 

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Ticket Information

Member registration - $100.00

Non-Member Registration - $140.00

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy
To register for an SCBWI event, you are required to acknowledge our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Scroll to the bottom to read the policy.

You will then be able to click the checkbox indicating that you have read our policy.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

I have read and accepted the SCBWI Anti-Harassment policy.