Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Writers’ Day Series: Create your own Adventure

Date(s) - 09/12/2020 - 10/10/2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

SCBWI CenCal Presents:

Create Your Own Adventure

2020 Writers’ Day Online Series

Three Webinars…

One Editor

One Agent

Six Spotlight Authors + Author Panel w/ Q & A

Three Writing Contest Categories…

Five Breakout Room Socials…

All for one LOW PRICE!

Adventure Tickets:

$30 SCBWI Members

$50 non-members

Plus, Eight Professionals Offering Paid Critique Opportunities!

Optional critiques, $45 (SCBWI Members ONLY)


The adventure awaits…

Saturday, September 12: Webinar 1 Spotlight Authors & Author Q & A, and online socials

Saturday, September 26: Webinar 2 with Erin Siu.

Saturday, October 10: Webinar 3 with Leslie Zampetti.


Book your Passage to Adventure beginning August 1, 2020!


Meet Our Featured Speakers


Erin Siu, Associate Editor, Square Fish and Feiwel & Friends

Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary

Webinar Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:30 am Pacific Time*  Webinar Saturday, October 10, 2020 10:00 am Pacific Time*

Creating Fictional Worlds 



Finding the RIGHT Agent: Maximize Your Query’s Potential


*View live or watch the recording available for up to 2 weeks


Discover our Local Spotlight Authors


Webinar Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:30-10:45 am (15 minute break) then 11:00-12:00  Pacific Time

Afterward, hang around for our socials

Angelica Carpenter

The Voice of Liberty

Sharon Langley

You’ve got a Voice–Use it!

Claire Noland

Don’t be Afraid to Start Small

Zeena M. Pliska

The Power of Story

Shari Swanson

Perseverance 101

Erik Talkin

Getting There from Here

Read more about our Spotlight Authors…


Purchase a Critique with our Feedback Faculty

Bruce Hale

Rebecca Langston-George

Marissa Moss, Publisher, Creston Books

Alexis O’Neill

Terry Pierce

Sherry Shahan

Erin Siu, Associate Editor, Square Fish and Fewiel & Friends

Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary

Click HERE for all speakers’ bios and critiques’ preferences


Please read very carefully as our submission process has changed this year. CenCal sells written manuscript critiques and this year will be accepting critique manuscripts by email only. These are not in-person meetings. Each critiquer has personal preferences about which categories they will read and slots are limited. Critiques MUST be purchased when you register & are available to SCBWI members only. There will be no add-ons or changes accepted later.


It is up to you to read carefully what type of manuscripts each person will accept. PB stands for picture books. MG stands for middle grade. YA stands for young adult. Some reviewers will accept non-fiction while others will not. Written critiques are $45 and available for SCBWI members only. There are no refunds for critiques or exceptions for missing the deadline. Your critique will be emailed to you on or about October 10, 2020; you will receive a completed SCBWI Gold Critique form filled out by your critiquer. You will not receive your manuscript pages back–they will be deleted. 

For picture books, easy readers and board books send the full manuscript (text only)

For middle grade, chapter books, or young adult send  up to 10 pages plus the synopsis pasted at the end as the 11th page.


Unlike contest submissions, critique submissions SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR NAME and CONTACT in the header. Submissions are due by end of day Friday, August 14, 2020. Fill out the  2020 CRITIQUE SUBMISSION FORM and send it, along with your submission, to the correct person listed on the form. If you have any questions about critiques please contact Greg Trine at


Free Writing Contest

SCBWI members may enter up to two unpublished contest submissions (must be two different categories: picture book, middle grade or young adult) via email. NOTE: If you have entered the contest in the past, please read carefully as our submission process has changed. You must register to enter the contest. Send up to 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point font with one single-spaced synopsis pasted as the 11th page. 


Note: Regardless of whether your entry is fiction, non-fiction or poetry, please decide which age group it belongs in (PB, MG, or YA). Judges reserve the right NOT to give awards. You must be registered to win. Contest manuscripts will NOT be returned or commented upon. If you’re entering two manuscripts send them separately, each with the contest form attached. Your name should only appear on the contest submission form-it must be removed from your manuscript including page headers/footers-or your entry will be disqualified. Please send as a PDF (preferred) or word document. Late entries and entries that do not follow guidelines will be disqualified. Contest winners will be announced at the end of the September 26 webinar. Winners will receive free entry to next year’s CenCal Writers’ Day.  If you have questions about the contest please contact


Contest Categories

Picture Book

Send whole, double-spaced manuscript (text only, no dummies or pictures) 12 point font. Fill out the 2020 Contest Submission Form and email it along with your entry (2 attachments) to the correct coordinator listed on the form no later than end of day Friday, August 14, 2020. In the subject line provide your last name and manuscript title (example: Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are).

Middle Grade & Young Adult

Send up to 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point font with one single-spaced synopsis pasted as the 11th page. Send whole, double-spaced manuscript (text only, no dummies or pictures) 12 point font.Fill out the 2020 Contest Submission Form  and email it along with your entry (2 attachments) to the correct coordinator listed on the form no later than end of day Friday, August 14, 2020. In the subject line provide your last name and manuscript title (example: Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are). 

Let’s Get SOCIAL!

Saturday, September 12 following the Author Panel

Stay with us for an optional social gathering. When you register please indicate which social you’d like to join: picture books, middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, or illustrators. That will help us put you in the correct Zoom break-out room. Note that socials will not be recorded. 


Timeline of Events

Click HERE to print a copy of the timeline.

Be sure to add these dates to your calendar. All times are Pacific.

July 31, 2020: Early Registration opens for CenCal Members only

August 1, 2020: General Registration opens

Friday, August 14, 2020: all contest and critique entries are due via email. 

Saturday, September 12: Webinar 1 Spotlight Authors & Author Q & A, 

Saturday, September 12: Online socials following the Author Q & A

Saturday, September 26: Webinar 2 with Erin Siu. Contest winners announced at the end.

Saturday, October 10: Webinar 3 with Leslie Zampetti. Critiques returned on or about this day. 



SCBWI events are not open to minors under 18 years of age. By registering you confirm you are at least 18 years of age. 


Refund Policy

Since registrants will have the opportunity to attend the online events live or view the recording for up to 2 weeks, no refunds will be given on registration or critiques. 


Fair Usage Policy

We will make a recording available of these webinars for you to view for up to 14 days after the event. After that the link will be dismantled, so please be sure you view the recordings in a timely manner. Please do not record it yourself or share our recording with others. This is to preserve our speakers’ ability to control their intellectual property.



For general questions about Writers’ Day contact Regional Advisor Rebecca Langston-George at


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Ticket Information

NonMember Ticket - $50.00
3 Webinar Series

SCBWI Member Ticket - $30.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

3 Webinar Series

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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 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, 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.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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, 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 handle 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.


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