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Date(s) - 11/03/2017 - 11/04/2017
12:00 am

BEST Conference Center, University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Overland Park
12600 Quivira Road - Overland Park, Kansas 66213


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Mark your calendar for the SCBWI Kansas / Missouri  

MIDDLE OF THE MAP 2017 Fall Conference

November 3-4, 2017
Embassy Suites Overland Park / University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Overland Park, KS

Friday, Nov. 3th: Manuscript critiques, portfolio reviews and pitch sessions will be held Friday evening, Nov. 3, at the Embassy Suites hotel. Join other conference attendees to "mix and mingle" in a reserved area of the lobby. 

Saturday, Nov. 4th: The conference runs Saturday, Nov. 4th, from 8:15 am – 5:30 pm 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.


The Registration Form can be found at the bottom of this page.
Early Bird Registration has closed and General Registration is now available. 

Early bird on-line registration opens Monday, Aug. 14th, at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time.  Only SCBWI members can register during the two weeks of early bird registration. General registration opens Monday, Aug. 28th. Registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 25th. 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. 

August 14th – August 27th
Members Only: $155

August 28th – October 25th
Members Only: $180
Non-Members: $200
Full-Time Students (over 18): $160

Manuscript / Portfolio Critiques (Members): $50
Manuscript / Portfolio Critiques (Non-Members): $80
Pitch Sessions (Members): $35
Pitch Sessions (Non-Members): $50


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.




Our Conference Bookstore will be provided by Barnes and Noble Leawood (Town Center Plaza). 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 only. Both PAL (traditionally published authors) and self-published authors may request one of their titles to be stocked in the bookstore. 

To participate, please email Andi Osiek BEFORE AUGUST 30TH at ksmo-ra2@scbwi.org.
In your email please include the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Phone Number
  • Title of the Book
  • ISBN # (If available)
  • Publisher name (if available)

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!

Thank you to the staff at Barnes and Noble Leawood for being our conference bookseller!
They are located at 4751 W 117th St, Leawood, KS 66211.

A conference hotel is the Embassy Suites in Overland Park. Rooms are available at a group rate of $117 (plus taxes and fees) per night. For more information about the hotel and how to book under our reservation block, please visit the conference hotel page at:  https://ksmo.scbwi.org/event-middle-of-the-map-conference-nov-3-4-2017/2017-conference-hotel/ 

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 any other special dietary requests. 


Please visit our faculty page for bios and more information: 

Agents: Kate McKean, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency; Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Editors: Emma Ledbetter, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Ariel Richardson, Chronicle Books; Jill Santopolo, Philomel Books

Art Director: Saho Fujii, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Authors & Illustrators: Jessixa Bagley, Heather Cashman, Ann Ingalls, and Laura Huliska Beith



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 Atheneum 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.

Registration deadline for the MIDDLE OF THE MAP conference is Wednesday, Oct. 25th at midnight.


If you have questions not covered in the conference information included on this website, email kansas@scbwi.org.



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Ticket Information

2nd Portfolio Review (ONLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY REGISTERED!!!) - $0.00

Student Registration (Must be over 18) - $160.00

SCBWI Member - General Registration - $180.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Non-Member Registration - $200.00