Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Conference 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 will also be used for slideshows and on various conference swag. This gives the illustrator a chance to have their work highlighted.

This year’s theme is All Together Now. Deadline for submission is November 30, 2021. The winner will be announced in early December 2021.


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

Theme: Our Conference this year is named “All Together Now”. Use your imagination to create an image that exemplifies this theme idea.

Text: Please leave space for the text “All Together Now” MD/DE/WV SCBWI, March 11-13, 2022. 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 10 inches wide x 7.5 inches high. Your illustration may be larger but will need to proportionally fit 10×7.5 when reduced. Please note that the image MUST BE HORIZONTAL. The file should be jpg or pdf format at 300 dpi resolution at the 10×7.5 inch size.

To Submit: Email submission as jpg or pdf attachment to Cheryl Mendenhall at no later than November 30, 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 “All Together Now graphic contest” in the subject line.

***Our conference COVID policies and requirements will likely include proof of vaccination or testing, and masking.  Please do not enter the contest for if you will not be able to comply with these policies and requirements.***

Prizes: The winner will receive one free full conference registration and critique for the 2022 regional conference. The winner will be announced in early December 2021, and the illustration will be featured when promoting our 2022 Conference!

The creator of the second place design will win one free critique at the the 2022 regional conference.

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 2022 spring conference “All Together Now” including but not limited to: blog, website, postcards, mailers, conference 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.

See more conference scholarship opportunities for illustrators on our 2022 Annual Conference Scholarship Competition page.

Below are some of the past conference postcards.

2020 – Olga Herrera                                                                           2019 –  Olga Herrera

2018- Mary Barrows

2017 – Deborah Schaumberg

from dreaming to doing

2016 – Cheryl Mendenhall                                                        2015 – Rebecca Evans






2014 – Susan Detwiler