Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





Submission Guidelines 


  • Only current SCBWI members may register for the Portfolio Showcase.
  • The fee for the Portfolio Showcase is $75.
  • After registering for the showcase, please upload your portfolio images to your Member Profile on the SCBWI website in the Illustrations section. Those images will be automatically displayed in the Portfolio Showcase. If you have questions, please refer to the FAQ or email no later than July 15.
  • You must have your Illustrator Gallery updated by July 16.


Interested in applying to the Ezra Jack Keats Award? To be considered, please check the box labeled “Ezra Jack Keats” when uploading your portfolio. This award is open to BIPOC illustrators who have not published more than four books. To learn more, visit the Ezra Jack Keats Award page HERE.  




  • GRAND PRIZE: Two winners will receive free admission to the next large-scale virtual event put on by SCBWI headquarters, meetings with three art directors (in person or via Zoom, whichever is appropriate at that time), and a $1000 gift certificate to Blick for art supplies.
  • FOUR HONOR RECIPIENTS will win a phone conversation or Zoom meeting with an art director to discuss your work and career, and a $200 gift certificate to Blick.
  • The showcase winners and honor recipients will be announced live on Zoom at the Big Five-Oh Farewell on Sunday, August 1.
  • BONUS! All members with a current Illustration Gallery on are eligible to win Featured Illustrator. 


Judging Criteria


Portfolios are judged as a whole, not on any individual image. The judges are looking for:  

  • Children’s book publishing appropriateness.
  • Consistency of a strong illustrative “voice” throughout.
  • Fresh and unique styles.


SCBWI reserves the right not to award any prizes at its sole discretion.