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Children's Book Writers
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Portfolio Showcase

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CLICK HERE To see the Portfolio Showcase! 

To upload your Showcase images …

After you have registered for the Portfolio Showcase

… Click THIS LINK to access the form to upload your three images.


This year’s annual Winter Portfolio Showcase has moved to the virtual realm and will be attended by leading art directors and editors! Though the format is different, the juried showcase is still a terrific way to get your illustrations in front of the top publishing professionals working today.

To differentiate the showcase from past illustration events, and keep it fresh for the art directors and agents visiting, this year’s format will be a three-image portfolio, with links to your SCBWI Illustrator Gallery and your personal website.


Submission Information

  1. * Only current SCBWI members may register for the Portfolio Showcase.
  2. * The fee for the Portfolio Showcase is $75, or free when you register for the Illustrators’ Intensive.
  3. * After you have registered for the Portfolio Showcase, click THIS LINK to access the form to upload your three images.
  4. * If you need assistance, please email no later than February 1, 2021.
  5. * Deadline to submit images is February 14, 2021.
  6. * Our panel of industry judges will view your images on February 15 so make sure your images are uploaded by then.



  1. * GRAND PRIZE: Free admission to the next large-scale virtual event put on by SCBWI headquarters, meetings with three art directors (in person or via Zoom, whichever is appropriate at that time).
  2. * Two Honor recipients will win a phone conversation or Zoom meeting with an art director to discuss your work and career.
  3. * The showcase winner and honor recipients will be announced live on Zoom at the Winter Conference Farewell on Sunday, February 21.
  4. * Bonus! All members with a current Illustration Gallery on are eligible to win Featured Illustrator.


Judging Criteria

Portfolios are judged as a whole, not on any individual image. The judges are looking for:

  1. * Children’s book publishing appropriateness.
  2. * Consistency of a strong illustrative “voice” throughout.
  3. * Fresh and unique styles.
  4. * SCBWI reserves the right not to award any prizes at its sole discretion.