Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Brazos Valley 2020 Conference

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Date(s) - 02/29/2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
220 Rock Prairie Rd. - College Station, TX 77845



SCBWI Brazos Valley 2020 Conference
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020

Covenant Presbyterian Church
College Station, Texas

Registration is open!

Regular Registration Dec. 16 through Feb. 28: $160 for SCBWI members; $200 for nonmembers
(Student members, age 18 and older, receive an automatic discount at registration.)

SCBWI Brazos Valley is happy to announce the inaugural Amplifying Unsung Voices scholarship for kid lit writers from traditionally underrepresented populations. The winning applicant will receive a full registration scholarship* to attend the conference. Amplifying Unsung Voices Scholarship submissions deadline was Oct. 20, 2019. See details here.


TRISHA DE GUZMAN, Associate Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers
“Raising Your Stakes”

RUBIN PFEFFER, Agent at Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC
“You and Publishing. Let´s Get Going.”

SAHO FUJII, Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
“The Picture Book Process”—a 90-minute break-out session for illustrators

CHARLOTTE WENGER, Agent at Prospect Agency
“Giving Characters Life and Voice”

“What is your Picture Book´s Big Picture?”

“30 Tips/30 Years: What I’ve Learned about Writing Since I Sold my First Book”


Registration in the Showcase should be confirmed during registration. If you decide to participate in the Showcase after you register, you may sign in at the door. Please contact Liz Mertz,, to let her know you plan to participate.

The Portfolio Showcase will be held Feb. 29 from 9am-3:45pm. Drop-off will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Pick-up will be by 4:00 p.m. sharp. Prizes for the winners will be awarded at the end of the conference day.

Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead. Please label all artwork as well as the portfolio case. Promotional materials such as postcards and business cards are permitted, but they must be able to fit in the allotted display place on the showcase tables. 

The portfolio may be leather or vinyl with page sizes from 8”x10” to 11”x14.” It must be no larger than 17 x 26 when opened. It should contain no more than 10 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies that you may wish to show. If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio. 

If you are preparing an illustration portfolio for the first time, check out the SCBWI Illustrators Guide (page 17) of THE BOOK. 

Still have questions? Contact Liz Mertz,


For the 2020 SCBWI Brazos Valley conference, we are excited to be able to offer the Illustrator Breakout with Saho Fujii, Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.


Saho Fujii
will provide a limited number of face-to-face portfolio reviews at the conference. When registering for the conference, attendees may sign up for a review of up to 10 images, for $45.


Trisha de Guzman, Charlotte Wenger, Kelly Bennett and Susan Fletcher will each provide a limited number of face-to-face critiques at the conference. When registering for the conference, attendees may sign up for one critique of a single work, up to 10 pages, for $45. Details for formatting the submission and how to send it will be emailed following registration. The deadline for submitting pages for critique will be Jan. 12, 2020. 

Critique Guidelines
For novels, submit 10 pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins. Include a cover letter and a one-page, single-spaced synopsis, so your document is actually 12 pages. For picture books, submit one complete manuscript (10 pages or less). Critiques will be returned in a 15-minute face-to-face meeting during the conference. Email your submission, attached in one Word document, to by 11:59 p.m. CST, Jan. 12, 2020. Use the subject line “critique submission.”


If you have to cancel your reservation for the conference after you’re registered, you may get a full refund up to January 18, 2020. After that, you may receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for manuscript critiques after January 25, 2020. If you cancel a manuscript critique prior to January 25, 2020, you will get a refund ONLY if there’s a wait list and your spot is filled. Portfolio reviews will be refunded in full ONLY if the spot is filled prior to February 27, 2020. No refunds will be issued for critiques or reviews
 that were missed during the conference, unless the faculty member performing them has to cancel.