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Editor Christy Cox will be offering 15 minute face-to-face portfolio reviews during the conference.

To register for a portfolio review:

  • Select this option on your conference registration.
  • Prepare 3-5 images in a single PDF from portfolio you want reviewed. Please also provide a link to your illustrator website if you have one for the faculty to review if they wish.
  • Make sure your file includes your name and contact information.
  • Submit the file with the subject "Conference portfolio review" to
  • All portfolio reviews must be submitted no later than midnight Friday, August 18, 2023.

Questions? Email SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator Jena Benton-Lasley


Did you know that you can enter the Portfolio and Art Showcase for FREE at our Annual Writers and Illustrators Conference, September 29-30, 2023?

You don’t need to be registered for the conference to enter.

The Portfolio and Art Showcase is a HUGE opportunity for Alaskan illustrators to get their work in front of editors, agents, and authors looking for an illustrator. There will be about 140 people at the conference, some who will be self-publishing and need illustrators. We often get questions from authors on how to find illustrators. THIS IS A PLACE THEY CAN FIND YOU! One of our entrants last year was even commissioned to illustrate a picture book!

We would appreciate it if you'd let us know by September 22nd so we know how many tables we will need. We really hope you are going to show your work. We'd hate for you to miss out. Please email the AK SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator, Jena Lasley at

What can you enter? A portfolio for sure, but you can also have a dummy (as long as it’s attached or inside the portfolio). One to two books are also welcome, so are postcards (or business cards).

When and where do you drop it off? Unless other arrangements have been made with the AK SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator (Jena Lasley), you will need to drop it off at Rasmuson Hall at UAA in Anchorage, on Saturday, between 8:00-8:30 AM. You can pick it up at the end of the day Saturday 4:00-5:00pm.


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