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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2013 Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award

Anna and her Father, Wendy Grieb
   

Black and white is in again.  Brian Selznick’s beautiful illustrations for “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the award-winning film “The Artist,” and Tim Burton’s new (based on his 1984 short film) “Frankenweenie” have all forgone color in favor of rich B & W.

This year, my Illustrator Award is doing the same – an illustration in black and white, including half-tones, from a classic.

Choose a passage, line or description from one of the following books:

  • “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  • “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain        
  • “The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Please submit your entry by Friday, December 14th, 2012 as a single PDF, titled with your name, in a spread format with the art on one side and text you are illustrating on the other by email to sarahbaker@scbwi.org with the subject "Tomie".  I will select the winning entry by January 9th, 2013.

"I’ll repeat myself, again.  I want to be surprised, excited and – VERY jealous.  I want to see an image, a style, a vision that I’ve never seen before – all in glorious black and white!  Good luck and don’t forget, I’m on your side!" ~ Tomie

Submission Instructions

Read these instructions carefully! Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

1. Illustrate your chosen text in one B&W image;
2. Submit your artwork and its corresponding text as a PDF in spread format with the image on one side and text on the other;
3. Title the PDF with YOUR name as it appears on your membership card;
4. Submissions can be no more than 5MB;
5. No original artwork should be mailed. All submissions must be digital;
6. 2013 entries are due by midnight Pacific time on December 15, 2012. No files received after that time will be considered;
7. Tomie dePaola will announce the winner in early January 2013;
8. The winner will receive a trip to the 2013 SCBWI  New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, where the award will be presented;
9. You must be a current SCBWI member to win;
10. Send submissions via email to sarahbaker@scbwi.org.

Do you want to be included in the "unofficial" gallery of submissions?

Last year, Diandra Mae, Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI Houston region started an "Unofficial Gallery" of submissions to the award. It was such a great success that this year we are making it more official and easier to enter.  Any SCBWI member who enters the award is eligible to be included in the gallery.

Here is last year's gallery: http://scbwichickenlicken.blogspot.com/

If you are interested in having your submission included please follow these guidelines:

After you enter the contest, email your submission image to Gallery Coordinator Diandra Mae at scbwicontest@gmail.com

1) The subject of your email should be "Tomie de Paola Award"
2) Your image should be saved as a web-ready jpeg (save it for 72 dpi).
3) The passage you have chosen should be part of the jpeg
4) Include the following information in your email: First and Last Name
5) Medium the piece was done in
6) Your website or blog address
7) SCBWI member since_(fill in the year)_

Due to the volume of submissions, any submissions not following these guidelines will not be posted.
Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a non-profit , 501 (c)3 organization which is  one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.  For information on membership, go to: http://www.scbwi.org/Registration.aspx.

Your first year of membership in the SCBWI is $85. The annual renewal fee is $70. (Renewal is NOT automatic. Your payment information will not be stored. You will receive a renewal notice via mail and email.)

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