Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Just For Illustrators


1.  What To Do With an Idea


Please join the Metro Detroit Shop Talk via Zoom, featuring Michigan illustrator Lindsay Moore.


Saturday, March 4th from 10 am to noon
There is so much to be in awe of in our natural world, from bioluminescence to elephant migration. We will look at how to be prepared for new ideas, what to do when we get one, and how to develop it further. For best results, be ready to do a little workshopping. Have a notebook handy, something to write or draw with and (if you have them) come with a few ideas that you have been turning over in your head.


2.  Michigan Conference Digging Deeper: Unearthing Your Literary Treasures

Where:  Vistatech Center, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI


When: Saturday, April 1, 2023

A one-day, roll-up-your-sleeves opportunity to focus on your work in progress and move it forward! There are 4 tracks, the one geared towards illustrators is with Laurie Keller, author/illustrator of Potato Pants!We Are Growing!, and Arnie the Donut. Virtual Keynote by Andy J. Pizza, illustrator of So Many SoundsA Pizza With Everything On It, the upcoming Invisible Things and the host of Creative Pep Talk Podcast. For more info and to register:



3. SCBWI ALASKA: Call for Illustrators

We need graphics for our Annual Alaska Fall conference!

Deadline: May 1st, 2023

Open to: Anyone, any region
We need one image or set of cohesive images that can be used for posters, program cover, postcard, and website banners.  For more information go to:



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.


4 Easy Ways To Get Eyes On Your Artwork:


1. Put your portfolio in the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery

If you have not done so already, set up your portfolio in the Illustrator Gallery. It’s easy — you set it up on your SCBWI Member Profile page. If you get confused, instructions to do that are here:

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.


4.  Submit your work to be a Featured Illustrator

SCBWI features one illustrator member each month. The Featured Illustrator’s art is highlighted prominently on the homepage and the Illustrator Gallery landing page, as well as all SCBWI social media. The site receives over 191K hits each month, the Instagram account has over 22K followers, the Twitter account has 44K followers, and the Facebook has 5K followers. That is a lot of eyes on your work!

Fill out the form and see other image requirements here: