Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2018

Date(s) - 10/27/2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

Illustration by Kris Easler


Registration opens here (homepage) August 15

$165.00 SCBWI members / $205.00 non-members



Russell Busse, Senior Editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers

Michael Joosten, Associate Editor at Random House Children’s Books

Weslie Turner,  Associate Editor, Imprint/Macmillan

Talia Benamy, Assistant Editor at Philomel Books (off site, critiques only)

Cheryl Eissing, Assistant Editor at Philomel Books (off site, critiques only)

Lisa Kossnar, Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (off site, critiques only)


Adriana Domínguez, Agent at Full Circle Literary

Deborah Warren, Founder and Agent at East-West Literary

Art Directors:

Jim Hoover, Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House

John Sanford, Senior Art Director at Cricket Media

Erin Hookana, Assistant Art Director, Cricket Media

Marketing and Publicity Consultants:

Barbara Fisch & Sarah Shealy, Co-Principals of Blue Slip Media

Faculty Authors and Illustrators:

Kelly Light, PAL Author-Illustrator

Esther Hershenhorn, Illinois PAL Author & SCBWI-IL RAE

Claudia Guadalupe Martínez, Illinois PAL Author

Eileen Meyer, Illinois PAL Author

Sherri Rinker, Illinois PAL Author

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

Dates to remember*

August 15 Registration opens here, on this page of the website, on Wednesday at noon.
September 15 Deadline for manuscript critiques and manuscript contest. Please see the Guidelines for details (note new guidelines for graphic novels)
September 15 Deadline to e-mail Illustration Contest entries. See the Guidelines for details.
September 15 Deadline for PAL/Independently Published Marketing Consultation materials.
October 1 Cancellation deadline to get a refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee. After this date there will be no refunds. Fees for Extras are non-refundable. 
October 2 Virtual Folder link will be emailed to attendees.
October 15 Registration ends
October 20 Illustrator postcards should be received. See Extras page for details.                
*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.

This event is fully booked.