Society of
Children's Book Writers
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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.







The award is for SCBWI members who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) and have traditionally published no more than four books. 



  • Applicants must submit work to the Portfolio Showcase at the Big Five-Oh conference and check the box to be considered for the Ezra Jack Keats Showcase Prize.  


Illustrators who need financial assistance to enter the Portfolio Showcase may apply for a BIPOC scholarship. Ten illustrators will be selected from the BIPOC submission pool and awarded free entry into the Portfolio Showcase so they may apply for the Ezra Jack Keats Showcase Prize. If you are selected, you must still check the box when submitting in order to be considered. 


Questions? Please contact Sarah Diamond at