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SoCal Fall Harvest: Opportunities for Illustrators

We offer critiques, contests, First Pages and private consults. 

Portfolio - Written Critiques - Due: August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM

When you register, you may also pay for a written critique of your portfolio.

Formatting:

  • Your portfolio can be in multiple pages but must be submitted as 1 PDF (max 25MB)
  • Name your file “PortfolioCritique_LastName-FirstName”

Submitting:

  • After registering for your spot, submit using THIS FORM by August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM. If you have any questions, contact Su Moon at SoCal-IC@SCBWI.org.

Picture Book Dummy - Written Critiques - Due: August 24, 2023, 10:00 PM

During registration, you may also purchase a written critique of your Picture Book dummy.

Formatting:

  • Must be a completed dummy (finished b&w sketches) with at least one colored example that represents the final artwork. (cover is optional)
  • Must include full color completed illustration. Full color completed illustration(s) must be placed where they belong in the story.
  • Must be 1 PDF (max 25MB)
  • Name your file “PBDummyCritique_LastName_FirstName”
  • For tips on how to craft your PB Dummy, read this

Submitting:

  • After registering for a PB Dummy Critique, upload your submission into THIS FORM by August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM. If you have any questions, contact Su Moon at SoCal-IC@SCBWI.org.

Graphic Novel Dummy - Written Critiques - Due: August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM

While registering, you may also pay for a written critique of your Graphic Novel dummy.

Formatting:

  • Must be 1 PDF (max 25 MB)
  • Must include 10 to 20 sample pages - no more than that
  • Must include a 500, or less, word summary
  • Name your file “GNDummyCritique_LastName_FirstName”

Submitting:

  • After registering for your graphic novel dummy critique, complete THIS FORM by August 24, 2023, 10:00 PM. If you have any questions, contact Su Moon at SoCal-IC@SCBWI.org.

Picture Book Dummy Competition - Due: August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM

Attendees may enter for FREE! The submission must be written and illustrated by the same person, and the submission must be an original story by the author/illustrator.

Formatting:

  • Must be a completed dummy (finished b&w sketches) with at least one colored example that represents the final artwork. (cover is optional)
  • Must include full color completed illustration examples placed where they belong in the story
  • Must be 1 PDF file (max 25 MB)
  • Name your file “PBDummyContest_Title.” 

Submitting:

  • Registered attendees (virtual or in person) may submit by uploading your pdf using THIS FORM by August 24, 2024, 10:00 PM. If you have any questions, contact Su Moon at SoCal-IC@SCBWI.org.

First Pages for Illustrators - Due: September 23, 2023, 10:00 PM

Would you like feedback from agents, an editor and an art director on your one-page sample of your illustrations? ALL attendees are welcome to submit one first page free of charge, whether you sign up for in-person OR zoom. 

Your illustrations will be emailed to the faculty one week prior to the conference, and on the day of the event, we'll hand them a hard copy and project your illustrations on the large screen. The panel will give their feedback on the spot!

Formatting:

  • Arrange your illustrations that best represent you into one 8.5” x 11” sheet
  • You can arrange it however you like but we suggest 3 to 5 illustrations
  • Must be 1 PDF (10MB max)
  • Name your file “FirstPages-LastName-FirstName”

Submitting:

  • Upload your one-page pdf using THIS FORM by Sept. 23, 2023, 10:00 PM.

One-on-one Consult with Art Director

When you register, you may also pay for a 10-minute one-on-one consult session with the Art Director. You can bring your dummy book, portfolio and/or promotional materials. How you use your 10 minutes is up to you.

Available to in-person attendees only. 

Portfolio Showcase Competition - Due: October 5th 2024, 7:45am (day of the conference)

Display your physical portfolios the day of the event AND enter portfolio showcase competition for FREE. Available to in-person attendees only.

Formatting:

  • Physical portfolio size must not exceed 32" across and 15" high
  • You can attach or bring your promo materials
  • You can attach 1 dummy book

Submitting:

  • Please bring it by 8:30 AM on the day of the event. Volunteers will be at the table to receive your portfolio and display it for you. If you have any questions, please contact Su Moon at SoCal-IC@SCBWI.org.