Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

JambaLAya KidLit 2021 ~ The Virtual One

Date(s) - 06/11/2021 - 06/12/2021
12:00 am


So … you have a children’s story and want to get it published? Or, you want to learn how others got their stories and/or illustrations published? Or, you like learning about the fascinating world of children’s books?

Whatever made you click to get here, BIENVENUE! Please be sure to check out last JambaLAya’s portfolio winner’s work by illustrator Dana Drew Beech on instagram @danadrewbeech

Conference Fee $55 Members / $95 Nonmembers – Click HERE to become a member and save on the conference.

Critiques/Consultations $50 – Limited Number Available

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 and to keep our attendees and faculty safe, this conference will be held online via the Zoom platform. All of the sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for 2 weeks after the conference, but we highly recommend you attend as many sessions as you can during the conference to get the most out of the event.

*Closed captioning and/or Live Transcript will be available on live presentations and recordings.*

Looking forward to seeing you soon through the magic of Zoom!


• Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist and author of many award-winning books, will give the keynote address.

• Elizabeth Law, Editor Holiday House and freelance book editor. A limited number of in-person consultations are offered.

• Talia Benamy, Associate Editor at Philomel (Penguin). A limited number of 10 consultations are offered.

• Maria Middleton, Art Director for Imprints at Candlewick Press. A limited number of digital portfolios review are offered.

• Alysson Bourque and Lori Orlinsky, Foreword Publicity.


• Nina Kooij, Editor-in-Chief at Arcadia/Pelican Publishing Company. A limited number of critiques  are offered.

• Catherine Frank, Editor (freelance) at Catherine Frank Editorial and former Executive Editor at Viking. Catherine recently joined Peachtree Publishing as an editor at large. A limited number of critiques are offered.


Friday, June 11

6:00pm (CT) – Welcome to Conference & Announcements

6:30-8:00 pm – Art Director Maria Middleton, Candlewick; “Digital Portfolio Building”

Saturday, June 12

8:00-8:45-am (CT) Morning & Welcome Breakfast

9:00-10:00 – Keynote with Newbery winning author, Linda Sue Park; “Writing Outside of Your Lane”

10:30-11:30 – Editor Talia Benamy, Philomel; “Positioning Your Pitch”

11:30-1:00 – Lunch/Open Zoom Meeting

1:00-2:00 – Editor Elizabeth Law, Holiday House; “The Hook’s The Thing (but don’t forget Structure, Structure, Structure!)”

2:30-3:30 – Pro Series: Foreword Publicity, Alysson Foti Bourque & Lori Orlinsky; “State of Marketing: How to move “forward” with your book marketing

3:45 – Closing Announcements/Portfolio Award/Door Prizes

And stay tuned for a Lagniappe Webinar on June 24 ~ Free to all JambaLAya registrants.



To affirm the need for more diverse representation in the children’s and YA book industry, we are offering two full scholarships to the 2021 JambaLAya Kidlit Conference awarded to attendees who identify as a writer or illustrator from a group that has been traditionally marginalized by the publishing industry. This scholarship has been funded by a gift from Linda Sue Park. This scholarship is open to an SCBWI La/Ms member or non-member. The application window opens on April  7. Simply email our region at:  with the subject line: JambaLAya Scholarship, and tell us:

  1. About you. For example, what’s your current job or life situation? What drew you to KidLit? Have you attended an SCBWI event before?
  1. Do you want a career in children’s literature? What are your goals?
  1. What do you hope to learn or do as a result of this scholarship?

There are no right or wrong answers; we just want to get to know you and your goals.


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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.

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