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Illustrator’s Corner


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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



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!!!






KSMO SCBWI Middle of the Map Virtual Conference


Register Today!!

Virtual Portfolio Showcase 

Take part in our FREE ONLINE PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE for conference attendees. The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work to faculty and conference attendees. Portfolios will be on display online during the KS/MO Middle of the Map Fall Conference, November 3-6, 2022.  They will be open for viewing by all conference attendees and faculty. Portfolios in the Showcase are eligible to win a $30 art supply gift certificate, and will be judged by all conference attendees.

Each illustrator who submits will get their own space in our online showcase. In this space, three images that will appear under your name and there will be a link to your personal gallery or website. More information here.


The KS/MO SCBWI Illustration Mentorship with Violet Lemay

Opens November 6, 2022- Closes December 4, 2022

FREE to all KSMO members. Submit an illustration that you think has loads of potential! If it is chosen, you will work with our mentor to improve it.





Full listing of awards and grants available through SCBWI





Break Out Your Paintbrush This Artober!

Join the SCBWI Illustration Community in October for 31 days of illustration prompts under the hashtag #ScbwiArtober! Prompt list to be announced at the end of September.

Each day will feature a prompt to inspire your daily practice. You can choose to use any art materials during the month, and we encourage you to experiment with different media. Play with media you have never tried before. Post the art when you can or post it daily with the #ScbwiArtober hashtag. The main goal is to develop a daily practice of creating new art.

Here are the Rules:

– This is not about perfection. The goal is to develop a daily practice.

– We encourage you to try new media.

– Share you work on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ScbwiArtober.

– Go to the hashtag to see inspiration and cheer on other SCBWI Illustrators.

– Play and have fun each day!

Narrative Art Award

Submissions open September 15 through October 21, 2022

Submit a narrative sequence that tells a visual story or relates an incident fitting the theme “Tiny Wonders.” The submission will consist of a sequence of either three or four images, without text. .

Find out more about this contest here.





Art Spot and Bulletin Art Submissions

2. 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.

3. Start submitting 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.



Featured Illustrator

Every month a talented illustrator is chosen to be the SCBWI Featured Illustrator. This month’s featured artist is Jen Betton. Jen’s use of watercolor and other media help her to create illustrations that play with light and the rich colors of water and sky. Learn more about her work by visiting Jen Betton’s website at

CLICK HERE to watch a video interview between Jen Betton and Manager of Design and Illustration TeMika Grooms.


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.