Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Austin SCBWI Awards and Outreach

One of the goals of the Austin SCBWI chapter is to inspire writers and illustrator of all ages to be their best. To that end, we're thrilled to offer and be a part of these awards:

Austin SCBWI Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award

Named after one of the chapter's co-founders, this award goes to an adult writer whose work is chosen for its professional level by the faculty members at the annual Austin SCBWI conference.

Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentorship

This mentorship is awarded at the annual conference Portfolio Showcase and the winner receives a year's mentorship with a local published illustrator.

Austin SCBWI Scholarship for Creators of Diverse Characters

This annual scholarship awards SCBWI-member writers and illustators with a scholarship for the chapter's annual Writers & Illustrators Working Conference.

Austin SCBWI Betty X. Davis Young Writers of Merit

Named after one of the chapters oldest supporters, this award goes to three young writers from Austin-area elementary, middle and high schools.

Austin SCBWI Meredith Davis Volunteer of the Year Award

Named after the chapter's first Regional Advisor, this award goes to a dedicated volunteer who routinely goes over and above in their job.

Portfolio Showcase Contest

Faculty at Austin SCBWI's annual conference judge the entrants in the Portfolio Showcase, which is open to all illustrators.

Austin Family Magazine's Young Writers Contest

Judged by Austin SCBWI members, this award is open to fourth and fifth grade writers from across Central Texas.