Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Ezra Jack Keats Showcase Prize for Illustration


Ezra Jack Keats
Showcase Prize for Illustration


In honor of Ezra Jack Keats, the legendary author and illustrator of children’s books including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, and Peter’s Chair, SCBWI will award one cash prize of $2,500 to a promising BIPOC illustrator. The money can be used to advance professional artistic development and growth, and can include items such as supplies, equipment, research, learning experiences, travel, creative sabbaticals, child care, or any legitimate expenses that allow the winners to develop or improve their art.


In addition, the SCBWI will select 10 scholarship winners from among the Ezra Jack Keats applicants, who will receive free entry into the Portfolio Showcase at the Summer Conference.







The award is for SCBWI members who are early in their illustration careers and as such, is limited to those who have published no more than 4 books. 



  • PDFs of your books (no more than 3)
  • a link to your website
  • a short bio
  • a statement of intent (how you plan to use the money to advance your work) 

Applicants must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) and have traditionally published no more than four books.


Questions? Please contact Sarah Diamond at