Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 Online Pitch Event Graphic Contest

Each year, we have a contest to design the graphic that goes out to regional members over social media and our website, announcing the upcoming annual conference. It is also used for slideshows and on various conference swag. This gives the illustrator a chance to have their work highlighted.

This year we will not be holding a regional conference. Instead the graphic will announce our online pitch event. The theme is Show & Tell. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2021. The winner will be announced in late February 2021.


Requirements: You must be a current SCBWI member living in MD/DE/WV to enter.

Theme: Our Online Pitch Event this year is named “Show & Tell”. Use your imagination to create an image that exemplifies this theme idea.

Text: Please leave space for the text Show & Tell: An Online Pitch Event sponsored by MD/DE/WV SCBWI, May 22, 2021. If you are a designer, feel free to include typography in your submission, but please put the type on a separate layer or be prepared to supply an illustration without text as well.

Color or Black & White: We welcome full color or black and white submissions.

Layout: The size is 1640 pixels wide x 922 pixels high. Note that the image MUST BE HORIZONTAL. Please leave ample safe space on all four sides so that the image can be cropped for different platforms. The file should be jpg or pdf format.

To Submit: Email submission as jpg or pdf attachment to Cheryl Mendenhall at no later than February 15, 2021. Include your name and contact information in the email, but do not place your name on the attachment, to be forwarded anonymously to the judging committee. All submissions should say “Show & Tell logo contest” in the subject line.

Prize: The winner will receive one free full online pitch event registration and post-event critique for the May 22, 2021 online pitch event. The winner will be announced in late February 2021, and the illustration will be featured when promoting our 2021 Online Pitch Event!

Runners Up will be featured on our WIN (Working Illustrators Network) Facebook page.

NOTE: Please note that by submitting an illustration for this competition you are granting usage rights to MD/DE/WV SCBWI to use your illustration in promoting the 2021 online pitch event “Show & Tell” including but not limited to: social media, website, slide shows, event materials. Please do not submit an illustration that is already under contract or whose usage rights are already held by a third party.

Please contact Cheryl Mendenhall at with any questions.

Below are some of the past conference graphics.

2019 -2020  Olga Herrera

illustration of airplane with books for wings



2018- Mary Barrows

from dreaming to doing2017 – Deborah Schaumberg




2016 – Cheryl Mendenhall                                                        2015 – Rebecca Evans






2014 – Susan Detwiler