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SCBWI Announces 2019 Narrative Art Award



The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is pleased to present the 2019 Narrative Art Award to Mirka Hokkanen. The award, judged by a rotating panel of experts, honors illustrators who show excellence incorporating narrative sequence and storytelling in their work. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, this year’s assignment was to submit a “narrative sequence involving a groundbreaking journey.”


Laurent Linn, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Priscilla Burris were the judges for 2019. In a statement about Hokkanen’s win, they said, “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!”



Hokkanen will receive an all-expense paid trip to the New York Winter Conference, and her winning illustrations will be displayed during the Portfolio Showcase. The other submissions are currently featured in an online gallery at


More information about the Narrative Art Award can be found at