Amber Brown Grant

The following awards are given during the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles. Winners are selected from among portofolios entered in the Portfolio Showcase.


Art portfolios must be submitted for display according to guidelines made available during conference registration. See display submission guidelines, available in mid-May. Only full-time conference attendees are eligible for the award. There is no prior application process for this award. Portfolios will be judged at the conference by a panel of top professionals.

The Portfolio Award

Awarded to the top three portfolios as determined by a panel of judges including industry professionals and renowned illustrators.

Grand Prize:  Trip to New York, appointments with 3 art directors

1st Honor:     Cash prize

2nd Honor:    Cash prize

Mentorship Award

The Mentorship Award is given at the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles. The goal is to identify, develop and nurture publishable illustrators.

-Each member of the Illustrators Committee identify one illustrator from the portfolio exhibit as a Mentee for advanced level critique and mentoring.

-The winners are announced at the Portfolio Showcase opening. Winners must be in attendance at the showcase in order to win.

-Mentees meet with each Board Illustrator Committee Mentor for a 15 minute one-on-one session to discuss their work, ask questions, get suggestions, and be challenged to take his/her work to the next level.

-Mentors and Mentees meet as a group to share information, tips, and create career development strategies.

See the Kidlit blog for all past and current Mentorship Award winners, as well as info, tips and resources about children's illustration and updates on their own projects.



At the Annual Winter Conference in New York, the portfolio showcase winner receives a cash prize.