Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2014 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference Portfolio Showcase

Portfolio Showcase

The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work to faculty and conference attendees. Portfolios will be on display Feb 8th from 8:45am-4:20pm, open for viewing by all conference attendees and faculty. Portfolios in the Showcase are eligible for the Austin SCBWI Portfolio Contest, the winners of which will be announced at the end of the day.

To be included in the Portfolio Showcase, you must sign up for it when you register for the conference. There is a $5 fee. When you sign up, you are automatically entered into the judging for the Showcase winners. If you do NOT want to be included in the judging, please check that box in your registration. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add the Showcase to your registration, please email

A jury of industry professionals will select the Grand Prize Winner and two Honors Winners. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a year's membership to SCBWI, a $50 art supply gift certificate and the opportunity to design the SCBWI Austin website banner. That illustrated banner will be on display on and the Austin SCBWI enewsletter for the following year and made into t-shirts, mugs and buttons as a fund-raiser for the chapter. The willing illustrator will be promoted along with their artwork, including links to their website. The two Honors Winners will receive gift certificates to an art supply store.

Portfolio Guidelines

Should be a standard format, which can lay flat on the display table and be no wider than 29" when opened (interior page sizes from 8”x10”-11”x14”). For liability reasons, no electronic portfolios, such as iPads, will be allowed as part of the showcase. If you only bring an electronic portfolio, it will not be displayed and your reservation fee will not be refunded.

Should contain no more than 10-15 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show. If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it somehow to your portfolio. 

Any promotional postcards or business cards will be placed alongside the illustrator’s portfolio. Please, no boxes or fancy/three dimensional set ups at this time.

Please make sure your name is included in your portfolio.

Do not bring copies of published books. If you want to include published work, put the artwork in your portfolio. Published books will not be allowed in the Showcase.

Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead.

Portfolio drop-off will be from 8-8:45am, Saturday Feb. 8. Pick up will be during the cookie break, between 4:20-4:40pm. (Be sure to pick up your portfolios by 4:40pm, as any portfolios or promotional materials not collected by then will be boxed up and moved so the room can be set up for book signings.) The winners of the Showcase will announced during closing announcements.

Any questions? Email

Portfolio Showcase Participants

Caitlin B. Alexander
Patrice Barton
Tom Bates
Melinda Beavers
Joel Cook
Jeff Crosby
Bobbie Dacus
Tatiana Escallón
Amy Farrier
Lalena Fisher
Rajashi Ghosh
Larry Goode
Luz Marie Iturbe
Shelley Ann Jackson
Kennon James
C.S. Jennings
Robyn Jorde
Felicia Renee Lilley
Diandra Mae
Susan J. Pope
Marsha Riti
Cindy Rodella-Purdy
Vanessa Roeder
Louise Schroeder
J.A. Strandemo
Maggie Suisman
Anneke Swanson
Akiko White