Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 Middle of the Map Online Conference

Date(s) - 11/01/2021 - 11/06/2021
12:00 am


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2021 Middle of the Map Online Conference

November 1-6, 2021

Registration has closed for 2021!

We look forward to an exciting Webinar series Nov. 1-6!

Our wonderful conference artwork created by our own Katie O’Malley!


This year we are offering a series of webinars. You can pick and choose or participate in the whole shebang for one great price! Most webinars will be at 6 pm CST, Nov. 1-5 and will be recorded and available through Friday, January 7, 2022 to registered participants. Recordings links will be sent out in an email at one time on or after Sunday, Nov. 7.


Monday, Nov. 1st, 6 pm CST: Lost in Pace: Making Sure Your Picture Book Doesn’t Go Off the Rails with agent Sean McCarthy


Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 6 pm CST: Windows, Mirrors, & Sliding Doors Art Director Ellice Lee


Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 6 pm CST: Double Feature!!


The Heart of Art: Connecting your art to subjects that matter most to you with illustrator Mechal Renee Roe




How to Write a Series with author Shannon Thompson


Thursday, Nov. 4th, 6 pm CSTEvery Word Counts: Crafting Successful Twitter Pitches with agent Charlotte Wenger


Friday, Nov. 5th, 6 pm CSTAcquisitions: Everything You Want to Know (and Didn’t Know to Ask) with editor Cheryl Klein


Saturday, Nov. 6thCritiques! 9-11 am CST


Saturday, Nov. 6th, 1 pm CST: The Art of Crafting Compelling Characters with editor Megan Ilnitzki



Registration opens Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time.  Registration closes Saturday, Oct. 30th. Webinars will be recorded and available until Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 to registered attendees. SCBWI members receive a discounted price for registration and critiques/portfolio reviews.




Member Only Full Package (Attending 4 or more webinars): $50
Non-Member Full Package (Attending 3 or more webinars): $85


Member Only Individual Webinar (each: Attending 1-3 webinars): $15/each
Non-Member Individual Webinar (each: Attending 1-2 webinars): $40/each



Critiques and Portfolio review submissions are due by Sept. 30th!


Please note: You are only allowed one critique. You can only receive a critique from a presenter whose webinar you are signed up to attend. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! If the critique opportunity isn’t showing up after you’ve selected a specifice faculty member’s webinar or all webinars, that faculty member’s critiques are sold out.

Please Note: When signing up for a critique, you must click the faculty person & then also the ticket with the price for it to show up in your cart!


Critiques are SOLD OUT for:

Agent Charlotte Wenger, Prospect

Agent Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency

Editor Megan Ilnitzki, HarperCollins

Editor Cheryl Klein, Lee & Low



Manuscript Critiques/ Portfolio Reviews (Members): $50
Manuscript Critiques/ Portfolio Reviews (Non-Members): $75


Manuscripts and portfolios will be due September 30th by 5 pm. You will receive written feedback a couple of days in advance of you Zoom meeting so that you can read over the comments and come prepared with any additional questions. Zoom meetings will be scheduled Saturday, November 6th between 9-11:30 am CST.


Please click HERE for instructions on how to submit your manuscript/portfolio.  


You may pay with a credit card.


Make sure you check the box at the bottom of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prior to continuing, or you will be booted back to this page.




If you’d like to pay online, please select the option to pay with a credit card. Otherwise, send a check within 48 hours of registration to:


15621 W. 87th Street Pkwy #206
Lenexa, KS 66219



You will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar the evening before the live event. You may want to download the free Zoom application in advance and familiarize yourself with the platform. If you have any questions about this webinar or registration, please contact the Kansas/Missouri Regional team at


Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship winners who have won free admission to this online conference! 


Novel Scholarship – Laura Daugherty
Illustration Scholarship – Phyllis Harris


If you are not on this list, and have not won a scholarship in the past, but are a KSMO SCBWI member, please consider entering next year!



Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a free mentorship with our faculty author and local PAL member, Shannon Thompson known for her Timely Death trilogy and the Bad Bloods series! The 2022 KSMO Writer’s Mentorship will focus on Young Adult manuscripts.  Applications will be accepted Nov. 7-Dec. 5. Winner will be announced in January 2022! Check out details here.



Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a free mentorship with our 2022 KSMO Illustrator Mentor, Brad Sneed! Known for his books Because I’m New, When the Wind Blows, The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians, and Thumbelina! Applications will be accepted Nov. 7-Dec. 5. Winner will be announced in January 2022! Check out the details here.



Online Conference Bookstore 



Please visit our individual faculty pages for bios and information about their webinar:



Charlotte Wenger, Prospect

Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency ‎



Cheryl Klein, Lee and Low 

Megan Ilnitzki, HarperCollins


Art Director: 

Ellice Lee with Philomel Books


Author & Illustrator: 

Mechal Renee Roe, illustrator

Shannon Thompson, author 




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. Note that  HarperCollins, Lee & Low, and Philomel are usually closed to unsolicited submissions but will accept a submission from conference attendees. Specific submission guidelines for each faculty member will be provided in your conference packet at the event.


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