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SCBWI Announces Narrative Art Award Winner


Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 SCBWI Narrative Art Award,



A note from the judges:
We chose Beth’s story of bad Nordic neighbors for its original take on the assignment, for its effective three-panel creation of an interesting emotional arc, and for its compact and natural-feeling way of conveying story elements by purely visual means.


You can see more of Beth Mills’ art here and here. Congratulations, Beth!


Stay tuned for the Online Gallery of Submissions, which will go live tomorrow!


About the SCBWI Narrative Art Award
Each year, a rotating panel of judges will provide an assignment and will judge the submissions. The theme and specific assignment will change year-to-year, but the general goal will be to show sequence and narrative. The prize is an all-expense paid trip to the SCBWI New York Winter Conference. The winning illustrations will be displayed during the New York Portfolio Showcase (in conjunction with the conference). We will also have an online gallery displaying the submissions to the award for any member who submitted to the award and wants to participate.
2018 SCBWI Narrative Art Award
Create three illustrations from the same story that display Dilemma/Conflict/Resolution.

– There must be three different characters in the story
– Your art style must be appropriate for one of these two specific audiences/book genres (Choose one):

                Full color, intended for a picture book for 4 to 7-year-olds
                – OR –
                Black and white, intended for a MiddleGrade book for 8 to 11-year-olds
– Do not include text in your images
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, depict a narrative of a misunderstood monster from literature, fairytales, or folktales appropriate for your audience. 
The judges will look for images that tell a visual story with clarity and nuance. The images should reflect a range and escalation of mood and emotion.
The prize is an all-expense paid trip to the SCBWI New York Winter Conference. The winning illustrations will be displayed during the New York Portfolio Showcase (in conjunction with the conference). 
How to submit 

– You must be a current SCBWI member to submit to this award.
– Deadline: Submissions are due by midnight, PST, September 20, 2018. (The winner will be announced November 19)
– Email one pdf with each image on a separate page to (The pdf should be three pages)
– Title the pdf as follows: last name_first name.pdf (e.g. baker_sarah.pdf)

Optional online gallery
The online gallery is not part of the award judging, it is a place for the public to view the submissions. If you want your submission to the Narrative Art Award included in the online gallery, email one of the three images of your submission to no later than September 20, 2018. The Gallery will go live November 20. 

– The subject of your email should be “Narrative Art Award”
– Your image should be saved as a web-ready jpeg (save it at 72 dpi).
– Save your jpeg as your last and first name. Example: baker_sarah.jpg
– Include the following information in your email, in this order: 

1.     First and Last Name 
2.     Medium the piece was done in 
3.     Your website or blog address 
4.     SCBWI member since____(fill in the year)
Please note: Each member may only submit one image to the online gallery. Due to the volume of submissions, any submissions not following these guidelines will not be posted. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF SCBWI TO BE POSTED. Participation in the online gallery is optional and the submission process to the award and the online gallery are separate.
Is the competition open to everyone – published and prepublished?
Yes! This is open to anyone who is a current SCBWI member, whether you are published or prepublished.
I understand that the theme is misunderstood monsters, but does it have to be connected to Mary Shelley or Frankenstein in any way?
Your images can be related to Frankenstein or totally unrelated—it is up to you.
Does the story need to be an original work of fiction?
The story you use can be original or from the public domain.
Do all three characters need to be in all three images?
This is up to you.


Remember–if anything in the guidelines seems vague, it has been left vague on purpose!



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