MOTM Artwork Contest

Congratulations to our 2023 Art Contest winner Nicole Stephens!


Are you an illustrator and SCBWI member looking for fame, fortune, and glory? SCBWI Kansas/Missouri has a contest for you! The 2023 Fall Conference is just around the corner, and we are in need of an illustration for advertising purposes.


SCBWI Kansas/Missouri is offering an illustrator a scholarship to the 2023 Middle of the Map Conference held November 3-4. The scholarship includes conference registration fees (i.e. critique or portfolio fees not included).  The scholarship is available to SCBWI members (published or pre-published) who are members of the Kansas-Missouri Region. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, July 15, 2023.



SCBWI Kansas/Missouri will notify the winner in July or August.


Please note: Scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships. Further, while members may apply for all scholarship and mentorship opportunities, if the same person wins more than one contest, the winner will be asked to select their top choice ONLY.


Submit a 300 dpi .jpg of an 8” x 10” original illustration focusing on the conference theme: Middle of the Map. Hand drawn type is encouraged but isn't necessary! If you choose to hand letter your submission, include the following type: Middle of the Map, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Kansas/Missouri Fall Conference, November 3-4, 2023. If you do not wish to hand letter your submission, please do not include the type, but leave space for it.



The illustration must be original, created by you.

Please submit your entry as an email attachment to Andy Lozano at Submission files should be labeled with your name (eg: sam_doe.jpg).

Your email subject line MUST read: 2023 Middle of the Map Art Contest.

Include the following in the accompanying email:

* your name

* mailing address

* telephone number

* illustration title (if applicable)

Contest is only open to current who are members of the Kansas-Missouri Region of SCBWI.


DEADLINE Extended!!!:  Saturday, July 15, 2023, by midnight. The winner will be notified in July or August.


The winning illustration will be featured on all promotional mediums for our Fall Conference and will be displayed on the Kansas/Missouri SCBWI web site (, all promotional materials, and any regional social media pages. (NOTE: You will retain ownership of the illustration.) Previous winners are not permitted to submit a second time.