Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Conference Logo Contest

Each year, we have a contest to design the logo 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 Plot Your Course! Deadline for submission is November 15, 2019. The winner will be announced in late November 2019.


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

Theme: Our Conference this year is named “Plot Your Course!”. Use your imagination to create an image that exemplifies this theme idea.

Text: Please leave space for the text “Plot Your Course!” MD/DE/WV SCBWI, March 13-15, 2020. 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 15, 2019. 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 “Plot the Course logo contest” in the subject line.

Prize: The winner will receive one free full conference registration and critique for the 2020 regional conference. The winner will be announced in late November 2019, and the illustration will be featured when promoting our 2020 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 2020 spring conference “Plot Your Course!” 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.

See more conference scholarship opportunities for illustrators at

Please contact Cheryl Mendenhall at with any questions.

Below are some of the past conference postcards.

2019 –  Olga Herrera

2018- Mary Barrows

2017 – Deborah Schaumberg

from dreaming to doing




2016 – Cheryl Mendenhall                                                        2015 – Rebecca Evans






2014 – Susan Detwiler