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2019 Middle of the Map Conference

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Date(s) - 11/01/2019 - 11/03/2019
12:00 am

KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center
12600 S. Quivira - Overland Park, KS 66213


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MIDDLE OF THE MAP 2019 Fall Conference




November 1-3, 2019
Doubletree Overland Park / University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Overland Park, KS

Friday, Nov. 1: Manuscript critiques and portfolio reviews will be held Friday evening, Nov. 1, at the DOUBLETREE OVERLAND PARK (note: this is a NEW conference hotel). Join other conference attendees to “mix and mingle” in a reserved room at the Doubletree — 2019 THEME: (in honor of Halloween) VILLIANS!  

NEW! First-Time Attendee Orientation: Friday night, November 1st, Doubletree Hotel. 6:30pm:  Is this your first conference? Your first time at an SCBWI event? Or maybe just your first Middle of the Map? If you have any questions (even if they aren’t entirely conference related) bring them to this session to get a quick tour of what the conference, and SCBWI, has to offer. Then stick around for your critique or just to mingle at our mixer and meet other writers in your community!

Saturday, Nov. 2: The conference runs Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8:15 a.m – 5:30 p.m at the BEST Conference Center, University of Kansas Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS. The event ends with a reception and book signing with our faculty.

Saturday, Nov. 2:  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Roundtable critiques! Free and open to all, the roundtable critiques will take place at the Doubletree Overland Park the evening of Saturday, Nov. 2nd starting at 7:30 p.m. Look at program information for Doubltree room information.

!NEW! Sunday, Nov. 3rd !NEW!FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER we are pleased to announce SUNDAY MORNING INTENSIVES! These 3-hour deep dive intensives (modeled on those available at the national level conferences) will take place at the Doubletree Overland Park on Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. SPACE WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED to no more than 22 attendees per session. 



Early bird on-line registration opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.  Only SCBWI members can register during the two weeks of early bird registration. General registration opens Saturday, August 31st at 9 a.m.. Registration closes Monday, October 28th, at 5 p.m. No onsite registration will be available. We are unable to refund payment if you are unable to attend. SCBWI members receive a discounted price for registration and critiques/portfolio reviews.

Aug. 17-August 31st:
Members Only: $155

August 31st – October 28th:
Members Only: $180
Non-Members: $210
Full-Time Students (18 and over): $165



Manuscript / Portfolio Critiques (Members): $50
Manuscript / Portfolio Critiques (Non-Members): $80

ALL Middle of the Map faculty will be doing critiques or portfolio reviews. However, this is still a limited number. The selection of a critique is personal and we leave that up to you. Please consider your selection carefully as we can rarely switch sessions due to demand.

If you an author illustrator, YES you can have your dummy critiques. Kelly Light and Jim Hoover are both happy to provide feedback on your dummy. On top of that, if you have a critique with someone else who reps/sells PB’s or writes PB’s, this is their area–use their expertise and bring your dummy!



Early-bird Member price: $55
General Registration: $60
Non-Members: $65
Intensive ONLY** (Available starting September 7, IF SPACE ALLOWS, members only):$90


*Manuscripts for critique are due September 28th by 5pm. Please submit your manuscript to with the following subject line and document title: FacultyLastName_Title_YourLastName. For example, if your name is Jane Doe and you are submitting a manuscript entitled Best Book Ever for critique with Alexandra Levick, you would title your document and the subject line of the email as follows: LEVICK_BestBookEver_Doe.  Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, using standard manuscript formatting. You may submit the first ten pages of your novel with a one page synopsis (synopsis should be single-spaced) OR one full picture book manuscript.

If you have manuscript critique, a portfolio review, or dummy critique, you will be contacted as the conference nears with time and location information.

*Portfolios for review — if you so chose to send them early. You may prefer an off-the-cuff critique, in which case you do not need to send ahead of time–are due by October 11, 2019 by 5pm. Plese send them in an emailable form (such as thumbnails) to with the subject line: FacultyLastName__YourLastName.

**Please see the Intensive Page for details


You may pay by Paypal or check. Please choose the appropriate option in the “Pay With” option during registration. If you choose to pay by check, payment should be mailed within 48 hours of registration to:
SCBWI Kansas/Missouri, 11709 Roe Avenue, Suite D, # 200, Leawood, KS 66211.




If you are an SCBWI member attending the conference, we will be happy to stock your book in the conference bookstore and you may participate in the book signing at the closing reception. This opportunity is available to SCBWI members attending Middle of the Map only. Please watch emails for deadlines –they are early for all authors in order to ensure proper book ordering. Both PAL (traditionally published authors) and self-published authors may request ONE of their titles to be stocked in the bookstore. If you are interested in having your book in this year’s bookstore please email the TITLE and ISBN number to:

Erin Mos:

NOTE: due to unexpected circumstances, we are changing our bookstore provider. Due to this change, we will reguire a longer lead-in time for ordering. Please plan to have all titles and ISBN’s into the email by 5pm on Monday, September 16th.

There also will be titles by faculty authors / illustrators and titles suggested by faculty members available for purchase. There’s no better holiday gift than a personalized book!

The hotel is the Doubletree Overland Park at 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210. The room rate will be $109 for a single room, and $119 for doubles, triples and quad room sharing. Each room will include breakfast buffet and complimentary parking. NOTE: this is a change of hotels for this year’s conference. The new hotel is closer to the KU Edwards Campus as well as better suited to our needs as a conference. For more information please see the hotel page

A buffet salad / sandwich lunch is included in your registration fee. There is an option to request a vegetarian meal when you register for the conference. We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate most special dietary requests, but please let us know about outstanding allergies.


Agents: Alyssan Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group; Alexandra Levick, Writer’s House; Quressa Robinson, Nelson Literary

Editors: Sarah Jane Abbott, Associate Editor Beach Lane|Paula Wiseman Books; Trisha de Guzman, Associate Editor Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers; Katie Heit, Editor Scholastic

Art Director: Jim Hoover, Viking Children’s Books

Authors & Illustrators: Giselle Anatol, Sue Gallion, Niki Lenz, Kelly Light

View complete faculty and bios here.


Conference attendees are allowed to submit one manuscript (or query for agents) to faculty members following the conference if your work fits the editor’s or agent’s guidelines. Specific submission guidelines for each faculty member will be provided in your conference packet at the event.


Would you like to win a spot at the faculty dinner following the 2019 Middle of the Map Conference! Help spread the word about the conference! Click here for details.

If you have questions not covered in the conference information included on this website, email



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Student Registration (Must be over 18 and full-time student) - $165.00

SCBWI Member - General Registration - $180.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Nonmember Registration - $210.00

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion.


The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.



Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Abusive verbal comments.
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors.
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.


SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.


Sanctions for faculty, speakers, staff or board members may include any of the following:


  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.


Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.


If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will handle utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.



If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.


If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to Please include the words "anti-harassment policy" in the subject line.

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