Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 Middle of the Map Online Conference

Date(s) - 11/01/2021 - 11/06/2021
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2021 Middle of the Map Online Conference

Mark your calendar for the SCBWI Kansas/Missouri Event

November 1-6, 2021

Registration opens 9 am Saturday, September 18, 2021!

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



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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 Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, 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, volunteers, 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;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • 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;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • 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.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


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, volunteers, 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 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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