Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Prairie Writer’s & Illustrator’s Day 2019

Date(s) - 11/02/2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

art by Niki Stage


Registration opens here (homepage) September 7

$170.00 SCBWI members / $205.00 non-members


For information on the Wojcik Conference Center.

Click here for directions to the Wojcik Conference Center



Kait Feldmann, Editor at Orchard Books/Scholastic

Connie Hsu, Executive Editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

Christopher Hernandez, Senior Editor at Razorbill/Penguin Random House

  Off-Site Editors, Manuscript Critiques only 

          Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor, Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Catherine Laudone, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 

Regan Winter, Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Adriana Domínguez, Agent at Full Circle Literary

Laurel Symonds,  Literary Agent at the Bent Agency

Art Directors:

          Angie Hodges, Senior Art Director, Cottage Door Press

Jasmin Rubero,  Associate Art Director at Kokila/Penguin Random House

Faculty Authors and Illustrators:

Vashti Harrison,  Author-Illustrator

Esther Hershenhorn, Illinois PAL Author & SCBWI-IL RAE

Bill Konigsberg,  Author



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

Dates to remember*

September 7 Registration opens here, on this page of the website, at noon.
September 21 Deadline for manuscript critiques and manuscript contest. Please see the Guidelines for details (note new guidelines)
September 21 Deadline to e-mail Illustration Contest entries. See the Guidelines for details.
September 25 NEW! Deadline to submit manuscripts for the Dialogue Critiques with Bill Konigsberg.
October 19 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 19 Registration ends
October 19 Illustrator postcards should be received. See Extras page for details.                
October 20 Virtual Folder link will be emailed to attendees.
*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.