Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Creative Director/Agent Panel & Critique with Agent Anne Moore Armstrong & Creative Director Ellen Kokontis

Date(s) - 02/21/2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Looking to get insight on what’s happening in the kidlit illustration industry this year? Or are you wondering whether your work is strong enough to compete in the current children’s literature market?

Then join us Feb. 21st from 7pm-9pm (ET) via ZOOM for a Creative Director/Agent Panel & Critique with Anne Moore Armstrong • Managing Agent at the Bright Agency, and Ellen Kokontis • Creative Director at Cottage Door Press.


Here’s how it will work:

For Everyone:

• All SCBWI members are welcome to participate as critique observers and can submit panel questions. Non Ohio members or those just sitting in, please select ‘just sitting in’ at registration.

• All SCBWI members can email panel questions to Illustrator Coordinator Merrill Rainey ->

• Zoom link for the event will be emailed on the day of the event.

• The critique moderator will initiate the Zoom call five minutes prior to the start of the session.

• Since this is a members-only event, please be sure that you are logged in to this site in order to see the registration options.

For those submitting work:

•  Up to 10 Ohio (North and Central South) participants can submit images for inclusion in the critique. Once the 10 critique slots fill or if there are cancellations, please email Merrill Rainey to be added to the wait list.  All SCBWI members, even those outside of Ohio, can be added to the wait list.

•  Participants may upload three image for inclusion in the critique. Send the images in JPG format. 1600 pixels is a good width (by whatever height). The file sizes should not exceed 5MB per image. Please make sure your file is labeled with your name. An upload link will be supplied after registration.  *Timing is tight, images must be received by midnight 02/19/2023.



Anne Moore Armstrong is a managing art agent at the Bright Agency. She represents trade picture book artists as well as fiction cover artists. Anne also develops author-illustrated story ideas for acquisition. She previously worked at Candlewick Press before becoming an agent 8 years ago. You can see her  list here and her agent interview here.


Ellen Kokontis is creative director of storybooks at Cottage Door Press. Born in Chicago and growing up in the city’s southwest suburbs, Ellen later attended Knox College, where she majored in art history and English literature and was the editor-in-chief of Catch, Knox’s award-winning literary magazine. She has worked for various children’s publishers in the Chicago area since 2009 and worked with brands including the Jane Goodall Institute, the Boxcar Children, TOMY, CoComelon, and John Deere. Ellen loves finding stories in artwork and discovering new voices in illustration.