Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Golden Gate Conference 2019 Review

From roundtables to keynotes, showcases to panels, the 2019 Golden Gate conference at Asilomar didn’t disappoint. Enjoy this slide show of just a few of the highlights of a fantastic weekend by the ocean.

Thank you to Kamela Portuges for putting this together for us.


We awarded prizes to the best picture book submission, the best novel, and the best illustration portfolio at the conference. Congratulations to our winners!

Illustrator: Nadia Hsieh
Picture Book: Kerry Aradhya
Novel Winner: Shannon Ledger
Novel runner up: Amanda Conran

Universal Learnings

Our faculty put together a wonderful list of learnings for us to takeaway after the conference. They were based on their observations from the manuscripts and illustrations submitted for critique over the weekend.

Universal Learnings

Flash Fiction Winners

Here are the winning stories from our word contest during the conference. Danielle was only able to read the first paragraphs of both out loud. Congratulations Kathy-Ellen and Kamela!

Kathy Ellen Davis Entry- Winner

Kamela Portuges Entry- Runner Up


See you next year!