Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Portfolio Awards


Portfolio Awards


Available at both the LA and NY conferences. 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 three art directors

Two Honors:  Phone conversation with an art director for a portfolio/style/illustration critique





2021 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase 









Art portfolios must be submitted for display according to guidelines made available during conference registration. See display submission guidelines in the Showcase section of the conference page. 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. SCBWI reserves the right not to confer this award in any given year.


Illustration Mentorship Award 


Available only at the LA conference. TheIllustration Mentorship Award is given at the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles. The goal is to identify, develop and nurture publishable illustrators. The winners are chosen by a separate panel of judges from the Portfolio Award, including SCBWI Board members.  

  • Six illustrators from the Portfolio Showcase are chosen 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.

2020 Summer Spectacular Portfolio Showcase Winners 

2020 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2019 Summer Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2019 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2018 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners 

2017 Summer Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2017 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2016 Summer Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners

2016 Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase Winners