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Children's Book Writers
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Illustrator’s Corner

Just for Illustrators!


Hello, Kansas and Missouri Illustrators! This page is where you can come for illustration-specific news and resources. If you have questions about events or want to be more involved in our region, reach out to Katie O’Malley at

For even more up to date information join our Facebook group at KSMO SCBWI ILLUSTRATORS !!




If you have any upcoming events/announcements/publications please email with an image, link and info that can be shared here.




Check out this month’s KS/MO SCBWI Featured Illustrator!!!
















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Full listing of awards and grants available through SCBWI




The Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators in Alaska, Alaska Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and the Alaska Writers Guild has an ILLUSTRATION CONTEST!

We need graphics for our Annual Alaska Fall conference.

Deadline: May 1st, 2023

Open to: Anyone!

Click here for more information!


Art Spot and Bulletin Art Submissions

Submit to the Bulletin

Each issue of the Bulletin features many pieces of spot art submitted by members. Members receive $50 for each piece that is used. SCBWI retains only the first-time rights, the artist keeps all other rights to use the art. All SCBWI members are eligible to enter by submitting one or more spot illustrations following the guidelines below.

In addition, each issue of the Bulletin features a winning “Art Spot” illustration, chosen from the pool of submissions. The art spot winner receives $100 for their winning piece.

Submitting is easy. Here are the guidelines:

  • You must be a current SCBWI member to submit.
  • Illustrations should be emailed to
  • All digital files should be titled with the first and last name of the illustrator, followed by a number for multiple submissions. (i.e. “John_Doe1.jpg”)
  • Images should be 300 DPI, TIF, or JPG files; total file size 5MB or less.
  • Grayscale or B&W files only.
  • Art must be either line art or vignetted, not full-bleed art.
  • Do not mail your submission, SCBWI cannot be held responsible for art that is mailed.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. You will be notified if your art was selected via email. Some art submissions that are not used immediately will be placed on a waiting list of a future Bulletin. You will be notified as soon as the art will be used and a check will be issued.



Submit to DRAW THIS! every month

Draw This! Draw this! is a monthly art prompt that is part of SCBWI INSIGHT (the email newsletter sent to all SCBWI members). Illustrators have the opportunity each month to show their artwork in a social media gallery and two winning pieces are featured in the INSIGHT email and the homepage of the website. The Twitter and Instagram galleries are open to public viewing, so agents, art directors, and editors have yet another way of finding our illustrators. You can find each month’s prompt at the very bottom of the INSIGHT email newsletter.

Submitting is easy. Here are the guidelines:

  • You must be a current SCBWI member to submit.
  • Post your work to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis.
  • Artwork must be inspired by the prompt word in some way.
  • Art may be B&W, grayscale, or RGB color.
  • Vignettes, line art, and full-bleed art are welcome.

March prompt: Avocado



Featured Illustrator

Every month a talented illustrator is chosen to be the SCBWI Featured Illustrator. This month’s featured artist is London Ladd who has featured artwork in critically acclaimed picture books, newspapers, and magazines, along with community-based murals. His artwork is a mixture of acrylic paint, cut paper, and tissue paper, to create rich, vibrant textures that bring his artwork to life. Learn more about his work by visiting his website.

Are you interested in submitting work to be a Featured Illustrator? Click here to watch the Featured Illustrator’s interview and apply!



SAVE THE DATE: 2023 Winter Conference Back In Person

The 2023 Winter Conference will be held on February 11—13, 2023 at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. There will also be a virtual component for attendees to watch at home. We are incredibly excited to be announcing more details in the next month.

All Regional Virtual Events 

SCBWI regions offer affordable virtual events featuring industry professionals from all around the globe – and you can attend from the comfort of your own home!



Have you taken a look at The Book yet? If not, you must! (free for members to download)

The Book (

THE BOOK contains new and essential articles and answers many of your burning questions in the Illustrator’s Guide (pg. 15) such as:
•  What should I put in my portfolio? Great article: Putting Together A Prize-Winning Portfolio by Molly Idle, pg. 25
•  Should I be on social media as an artist? (Spoiler: YES)
•  How do I show my work to a publisher?
•  Must/Should I have an agent represent me?
•  What fees or royalties can I expect from illustrating a children’s book?

…and so much more. Please go download your free copy (or you can buy a physical copy for $6.25 + shipping), it really does contain most if not all of the information you will need to know as a newbie.