The Tomie dePaola Award Says Goodbye

For many years illustrators have competed for SCBWI’s coveted Tomie dePaola Award

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Tomie dePaola

and 2017 is no different. The prize includes complete tuition to SCBWI’s New York Winter Conference in Manhattan, compensation for travel and accommodations, and is judged by Tomie himself.

But this year will be the last.

After 2017, the illustration award will be replaced with the SCBWI Board of Advisors Illustration Award. The new award will retain a similar structure, but will be judged by a panel. Click here for more details.

But it’s not too late to enter!

This year’s assignment is to cast yourself, as a child, in a picture book. Show your autobiographical character in a scene and make sure to convey the emotion of your character. The viewer should be able to read the emotion of the character immediately and clearly. No words or captions are allowed in the image

Submissions must be at the SCBWI home office by December 1, 2016. For complete rules and submission information, click HERE.
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