Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Portfolio Showcase Information

Calling all Illustrators and Author/Illustrators!


If you have a portfolio, and would like to have it displayed during either (or both) of the Friday Night Critiques and Mixer at the Doubletree Hotel (Friday, November 1st) or the Middle of the Map main conference day at KU Edwards Campus on Saturday, November 2nd — READ ON!

Friday, November 1st:

Display tables for portfolios will be available outside of the critique rooms during the evening of Friday, November 1st at the Doubletree, Overland Park. If you would like to display your work, please plan to bring your work that evening. Once at the hotel, the check-in volunteers will be able to assist you in where to place your work. It is the goal of the KS-MO volunteer team to provide access and opportunity for the faculty to enjoy your work during the Friday evening activities. NOTE: this is NOT the portfolio showcase-for that, please see below.


Saturday, November 2nd:

The Portfolio Showcase takes place during the main conference day on Saturday, November 2nd at the KU Edwards Campus. You do not need to have participated in the Friday night display to participate in this event. The showcase is JUDGED by author/illustrator Kelly Light. She is judging with only the information displayed on the table–so this is fairly close to “blind” judging. The winner of the portfolio showcase will receive a small prize as well as the ability to list this showcase win in their credits.

If you wish to participate, please plan to bring your portfolio BEFORE the conference begins. We’d prefer you’d arrive with your portfolio by 8am so that all portfolios can be organized before the conference begins. Portfolio display space is somewhat limited and we will do our best to make sure every work gets full attention, but placement is first-come, first-served. You do NOT need to contact us before hand to let us know if you will participate. You may wait to the last minute to update, change, or decide. BUT we sincerely hope we will see you there!

If you have further questions, plesae contact Illustrator Coordinator Robin Schuberth at