Conference Costs & Important Dates


Saturday 9/9/23: In Person @Camarillo Library (Camarillo, CA):

Price includes: morning coffee/pastries + lunch (catered by Martino’s)

*Early Bird Registration/SCBWI members - $95

*Regular Price/SCBWI members - $110

*Non-SCBWI participants - $130

Optional Add-On:  Either Online Pitch or Written Critique:

Available only to those registered for the above 9/9/23 in-person conference.

Available until sold out: register early as these will sell out quickly.

Limited to 1 per person (either 1 pitch or 1 written critique).

Pitches will take place live via Zoom on Sunday 9/10/23 (your specific 10-minute pitch time slot for that day will be emailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the Pitchfest).

Written critiques will be handed out at the end of Saturday’s 9/19/23 event (no-in-person meeting).

Cost-$50: Live 9/10/23 Zoom Pitch w/Stephen Barr, senior agent/Writers House 

Cost-$50: Live 9/10/23 Zoom Pitch w/Chad W. Beckerman, The CAT Agency 

Cost-$50: Live 9/10/23 Zoom Pitch w/Nick Thomas, Exec Editor, LevineQuerido - $50 

Cost-$55: Written Critique w/Melissa Manlove, Exec Editor/Chronicle Books (no in-person meeting; critique will be handed out at the end of the 9/9/23 in-person event)

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations prior to August 20 will receive a refund minus a $25 handling fee with the exception of refunds on critiques—no refunds on critiques (including registration) after August 1.

No refunds will be issued after August 20. 

Out of courtesy to the Agent or Editor, if you miss your Pitchfest time there will be no refund and no makeup date. Similarly, if you miss your manuscript submission deadline for a written critique, there will be no refund or extended deadline.

To request a refund within the above parameters, please email Rebecca-Langston George/RA at and copy Paulina Hill/ARA at by the stated deadline.


July 21 - 1-Day Early Bird Pricing Registration Opens for CenCal Premium Members(*)

July 22 - Early Bird Pricing Registration opens for all SCBWI Premium Members(*)

July 26 -- Last Day for Early Bird Pricing Registration

July 26 11:59pm - Early Bird Pricing Ends (Registration will temporarily pause to audit for ineligible registrations)

July 27 - Regular Pricing registration opens for everyone 

Registration will close when all available seats are filled

(*) Premium membership is the new terminology for your regular paid SCBWI membership status.



July 15 - Deadline to apply for the Lin Oliver Grant (free conference attendance & free pitch)

August 1 - Postmark deadline to mail in Critique Manuscript Submissions (emailed submissions will not be accepted)

August 1 - Deadline to cancel if you purchased a live pitch or a written critique 

August 5 - Deadline to email Writing Contest entries

August 20 - Refund Cancellation Deadline (Note: a $25 cancellation processing fee will be applied to all refunds)

After August 20 - No refunds will be issued