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Annual Illustration Contest  
                   Southern Breeze, SCBWI
                  Annual Illustration Contest

                                                                                 Mailing Address


Lucy Ruth Cummins

Art Director

Simon and Schuster

 The prompt for this year's theme is: “For Halloween, PJ…”  
       Contest Judge is asked to give feedback on all entries!  

Illustration Contest Coordinator
Kathleen Bradshaw

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winning entries will:
• Be showcased during the current Fall Conference, and the following Spring Conference
• Be featured in the Southern Breeze News and Southern Breeze website
• Be displayed in a “Judges’ Choice’ album at annual conferences, plus . . .
• Receive a Southern Breeze, SCBWI Illustration Contest Award Certificate

 1st Place Winner Also Receives  
• FREE tuition to the next year's Southern Breeze Fall Conference!


Entries Due                                     Between June 1 – June 30 annually
Open To                                           SCBWI members in the Southern Breeze Region
Eligibile to Win                               Only unpublished and un-contracted work
Winners Announced                    At our annual Fall Conference 
Illustration Prompt               Illustration must interpret: “For Halloween, PJ ________”

Every piece of work (illustration or writing) you submit to a professional must be your very best. It will have stiff competition - just look at the art produced by our previous contest winners! Whether you’re submitting your work to a contest (such as this), or for publishing consideration (separate from our contest), first impressions are extremely important. First drafts are rarely masterpieces. Every submission should have been revised, critiqued - by your critique group(s) or professional(s) – and fine-tuned as much as possible. We want our Southern Breezers to achieve their goals. The contest rules listed below are designed to help you succeed. Best of luck to each of you! 

(Note: After the contest you should receive a scoring sheet from the judge. Consider the judges' suggestions and go through the revising process again. You could end up with a great piece for your portfolio! Remember, when submitting to a professional for publication consideration, each publishing house has unique needs. Its important to research and follow their specific submission guidelines.)


•   Anonymous                    No names or identifying information on artwork.
•   Fill in the Blank              Complete the phrase on the front OR back of your illustration, AND on your cover letter.
•   Word Limit
                      You may fill in the blank with any word(s) or phrase - up to 10 words - you choose.
•   Media Used                     Write on the back of your entry the type of media used. Open to all media.
•  Submit Digital Copy       Email (attachment) a high-quality, digital image of your illustration to
                                                Heather Montgomery  Assistant Regional Advisor. 
•  Submit Hard Copies    Also send two color copies of one illustration on 8½ -inch by 11-inch, heavyweight, photo-
                                                quality paper. Do not send your original.

All entries must be created proportionate to 8.5 x 11. They may be a portrait or landscape orientation. You can work larger than that, but be sure it's proportionate to that size and submitted at that size.

The submitted entry must be on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Nonconforming entries will not be considered.

•   Cover Letter                    
Includes your name, contact information, and your illustration’s written/completed prompt.

•   Notification                      
To receive your entry's scoring sheet with judge’s comments, and notification of the list of winners, a #10 envelope with a
 first class postage stamp must be included with your entry.  

•   Original/Undiscovered   
Entries are not required to be exclusive submissions, however, entries
are  required to be original, unpublished, and un-contracted
pieces of art. Should an entry become acquired after contest opens for submissions, and before contest winners are announced, that submission becomes disqualified. This allows another deserving Breezer a chance for recognition. After all, receiving a contract typically trumps winning a contest!     

•   Permission                      
In submitting to the contest, illustrators grant permission for artwork to be published - all or in part - at random in the Southern Breeze News, on the SCBWI and Southern Breeze web sites, and/or in promotional materials. 

•   Artwork Displayed     
Winning artwork will be posted on the Southern Breeze website, in the Southern Breeze News, and
displayed annually in a Judge's Choice Album. All other hard copies of artwork will be recycled.

•   2 Separate Contests      
Each participant may submit one piece of art to the Illustration Contest and one manuscript to the Writing' Contest at the same time -- our  writing and illustrating contests are two separate contests. (Do not send, dummies, illustrations or photos to the Writing Contest, nor manuscripts or dummies to the Illustration Contest.) 

•   Due Date                         
All entrees must be received by midnight of the due date, regardless of the postmarked date.

•   Awards Ceremony        
Participants do not have to be present
at the WIK conference to win, but it's much more fun if they are! 

•   Notification                      
After formally announcing contest winners during the awards ceremony at the WIK conference, notifications will be emailed


                MAIL ENTRIES TO: 

                       SCBWI Southern Breeze
                               P.O. Box 26282
                       Birmingham, AL 35260