Awards & Grants for Illustrators


Featured Illustrator

SCBWI features one illustrator member each month. The Featured Illustrator’s art is highlighted prominently on the homepage and all SCBWI social media.

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Draw This!

A monthly art prompt, part of the SCBWI publication Insight. Two winners will be featured in Insight and on social media.

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Portfolio Awards

Given to the top portfolios submitted to the annual SCBWI Summer or Winter Conference.

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Narrative Art Award

Given annually to an illustrator who can tell a visual story, through sequential images, with great clarity and nuance.

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Student Illustrator Scholarship

Conference tuition for full-time university students studying illustration.

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Bologna Scholarship

Two illustrators will each receive a ticket to the Bologna Book Fair, travel fare, and a stipend for accommodations.

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Don Freeman Grant

To assist illustrators in the completion of a book dummy or portfolio.

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SCBWI Ezra Jack Keats Prize

In honor of Ezra Jack Keats, the legendary author and illustrator of children’s books, SCBWI will award one cash prize of $3,500 to a promising BIPOC illustrator.

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Out from the Margins Award

An award for early career underrepresented creators of children’s literature.

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Awards & Grants

Our awards and grants are financial support given to help emerging authors and illustrators in the field of children’s literature.