Carolinas 2023 Fall Retreat

Portfolio Reviews


One portfolio, 10 images

Maximum Size: 18” x 24” closed

Copies or prints only, no original art.

Name: your name and contact information must be on your portfolio.

WiFi is available for virtual portfolios. To avoid the possibility of technical difficulties, consider downloading your portfolio if you wish to show it on a digital device.


Make sure your portfolio is simple and professional.

Print your images at a high resolution on good paper and not smaller than 4”.

Make sure every piece is pertinent to children’s books, kid lit, or children’s magazines.

Include images of sequential work (2-3 pages/illustrations from the same project featuring the same characters).

Include samples of diverse children, animals and indoor/outdoor scenes.

Place your best image in the beginning and second best at the end of your portfolio.

Have professional postcards to accompany your portfolio with all your contact information.


After the Portfolio Reviews sell out (or by mid-October), you will receive a link via email to schedule your session.

Critiques/Consults/Reviews will be held Friday, Nov 3rd, 3 pm – 6:15 pm.

Check in at the Critique/Consult/Review desk 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Sessions are booked back to back–if you are late, your session will still end on time.

Missed appointments cannot be rescheduled.

Because we have guaranteed your payment to our faculty, missed appointments cannot be refunded.

The industry professionals on faculty provide submission opportunities to all attendees as part of this conference. Do not ask a faculty member to take your full manuscript or to look at it during the conference.

Another attendee has paid for the appointment right after yours. Please be considerate of this and exit the meeting when time is called.


Please contact Carolinas IC, Ashley Belote with any questions.

Feeling jittery? That’s totally normal. Check out Linda Sue Park’s advice on receiving feedback.

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