Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2016

Date(s) - 11/05/2016
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wojcik Conference Center, Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd. - Palatine, IL 60067

$165.00 SCBWI members / $190.00 non-members


Whether you are mild-mannered or made of steel, PWID2016 will help you create manuscripts that leap slush piles in a single bound and artwork that's more powerful than a locomotive!

We're bringing together publishing industry superheroes for a day of information and inspiration. Put on your spandex and cape (or something comfortable and professional), and join us on November 5.

You may just… 

  • Discover your own superpowers

  • Find a sidekick (or two)

  • Develop x-ray vision on the publishing industry

  • Save the world


CONFERENCE DETAILS TO THE RIGHT (above, in the light lavender box)

REGISTRATION begins here (on this page of the website) on September 1 at noon. 


To take advantage of all the opportunities offered, here are a few dates that may figure into your plans. However, please be aware, Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day has traditionally been a sellout event, and many of our Extra opportunities also fill before their deadlines.

September 1            Registration opens at noon.

September 20          Deadline for manuscript critiques. Please see the Guidelines for details.  

September 25          Illustration Contest Deadline to e-mail. See the Guidelines for details.

October 1                 Manuscript contest deadline. See the Guidelines for details.

October 3                 Hotel discount deadline.

October 29               Illustrator postcard should be received. See Extras page for details.

October 29               Registration ends

October 29               Cancellation deadline  $50 cancellation fee will be charged on all cancellations.

                                    Extra fees are non-refundable. 


If you have registered for PWID in the past, you will have noticed that we are now fully integrated on the SCBWI site. When registration begins, it will look a little different this year so here are a few tips, just in case.

On September 1 at noon, the registration form will become available below, on this page of the website. 

SCBWI members will see their details automatically show up on the registration form–this does not mean you are registered for the event. It's just a helpful autofill from the site.

Below you will only see the items needed for registration. On the upper right, in the light lavender box, you will find pages of detailed information about the event. Everything you need to know (and the people to contact if there is something we forgot) is listed there.

Guidelines for all the member Extras are listed on a separate page, on the upper right, in the light lavender box, for easy reference. Be sure to read through the guidelines before submitting any work.

If you fill out the registration form to the end, but do not complete the payment option, the system may save your registration but you are not registered for the event until payment is completed. 

To change a selection, unclick the unwanted item before clicking on your new choice.

The password below is for administrative purposes. You do not need a password to access information about the event.