Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2017

Date(s) - 11/04/2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Artwork by Jason Thomas.

On November 4, PRAIRIE WRITER'S & ILLUSTRATOR'S DAY 2017 opens the door to children's publishing.

$165.00 SCBWI members / $205.00 non-members

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

Trying to navigate the world of children's publishing can feel like a journey in Wonderland, a topsy turvy world of rules that may seem random or bendable. Like Alice, there are doors that we want to go through but we don't have the key. PRAIRIE WRITER'S & ILLUSTRATOR'S DAY 2017 is all about opening doors–no dodgy liquids that say "Drink Me" or suspicious cakes that say "Eat Me" needed. Simply register to attend our one day conference on NOVEMBER 4, where you will hear professionals speak about different aspects of the industry and rub elbows with 250 of your writer and illustrator colleagues. 

REGISTRATION begins here (on this page of the website) on Saturday, August 26 at noon. 

Deadlines to remember

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.

August 26                Registration opens on Saturday at noon.

September 22          Deadline for manuscript critiques and manuscript contest. Please see the Guidelines for details.  

September 22          Illustration Contest Deadline to e-mail. See the Guidelines for details.

October 27               Illustrator postcard should be received. See Extras page for details.

October 27               Registration ends

October 27               Cancellation deadline  $50 cancellation fee will be charged on all cancellations.

                                    Extra fees are non-refundable. 

PWID helpful hints 

If you have never registered for PWID or haven't been in a few years, here are a few tips for registration.

On August 26 at noon, the registration form will become available below, on this page of the website. 

RENEW or JOIN BEFORE registering.

DO NOT page backward during registration process.

PayPal or Credit Cards accepted for online payment.

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

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.