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 $3,500 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.




Open March 1 through March 31




The award is for SCBWI members who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) and have not been traditionally published.


Questions? Please contact Sarah Diamond at