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Narrative Art Award Past Winners






2020 SCBWI Narrative Art Award Winner LEANNE HATCH




This year’s assignment was to submit “a narrative sequence based on the theme ‘Silver Lining’.”
A note from the judges:
“Leanne Hatch’s three images carry us forward in a sequence that feels inevitable and right. They move from a scene of a girl’s panic, shown from behind as her school bus pulls away, to a stopped moment of assessment, looking back at her, so small against a wide, empty road, to the “silver lining” of a newfound walking companion, a kinetic scene of unfolding beauty. Leanne Hatch musters illustrators’ tools (point of view, scale, value contrast and more) to focus our attention on what counts in this story and highlight its emotional significance. Her engaging style and gorgeous color palette only add to the pleasure.”

Click here to see more of Leanne’s art and design. 

Check out the 2020 Online Gallery of Submissions.


2019 SCBWI Narrative Art Award Winner MIRKA HOKKANEN













A note from the judges:

We chose Mirka’s surprising and unexpected journey for its unique interpretation of the assignment. It provides a narrative sequence with a clear range of mood and emotion that takes us on a journey full of discovery, with humor, to a satisfying and surprising conclusion. Through composition and point of view, the visual energy and focal point of each piece progresses from inward and quiet to unfocused and kinetic to outward and open—successfully showing the scope of a narrative journey in three images.

You can see more of Mirka Hokkanen’s art here. Congratulations, Mirka!

Check out the 2019 Online Gallery of Submissions.



2018 SCBWI Narrative Art Award winner BETH MILLS


A note from the judges:
We chose Beth’s story of bad Nordic neighbors for its original take on the assignment, for its effective three-panel creation of an interesting emotional arc, and for its compact and natural-feeling way of conveying story elements by purely visual means.
You can see more of Beth Mills’ art here and here. Congratulations, Beth!