Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Art Contest and Portfolio Opportunities


Art Contest
SCBWI member illustrators attending the conference are invited to exhibit an unpublished illustration of three scenes in a sequence using the prompt GAME ON! The artwork should include the following objectives:

  • Show a sequence of three narratively connected scenes.
  • Show interaction of characters, suggesting a game.
  • Include the use humor and be creative.
The final artwork should be displayed on board with rigid backing, maximum 18” in any dimension so that it can be easily displayed on a small tabletop easel or book stand, which should be provided by the artist. The displayed illustrations will be judged by Art Director Saho Fuji and the winner will receive discounted admission to either the Spring Luncheon or the 2018 Fall Conference.


Portfolio Display

The illustrator's portfolio and one dummy, along with postcards or business cards can also be displayed in front of the contest piece. Even if you're not participating in the contest, you can still show your portfolio. There is no extra charge, but you must register for this when you register for the conference. 

Art Work Drop Off
Please drop off your mounted illustration, your own small tabletop easel labeled with your name, your portfolio and postcards (optional) in the Grand Ballroom before 5pm on Friday. Bring a color copy of your illustration – not the original – as we cannot guarantee the safety of your work. Art Show or Contest questions, please contact Illustrator Coordinator Ingrid Kallick at