PLEASE NOTE: We are working on how to run the Portfolio Showcase online. We will post information when we have more.
The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work to faculty and conference attendees. Portfolios will be on display at the Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference May 2, 2020, open for viewing by all conference attendees and faculty. Portfolios in the Showcase are eligible for awards, the winners of which will be announced at the end of the day. Entrants to the Showcase are automatically signed up for the Emerging Voice Illustrator Mentor Award. If you do not wish to be considered for the mentorship, choose that option at registration.
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 Illustration Coordinator C.S. Jennings.
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 banner for the SCBWI Austin website, enewsletter and Facebook Community Water Cooler. That illustrated banner will be on display for the following year and included in a gallery of past headers going forward. The winning 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.
SIZE – No wider than 15″ or taller than 23″ when opened (interior page sizes from 8”x10”-11″x14”.)
PORTFOLIO DROP-OFF – 7:30-8:30 am on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Participants should pick up their portfolios at the end of the day. The winners of the Showcase and Emerging Voice Mentorship will be announced during closing announcements on Saturday.
LABELED – Make sure your name is located on/inside your portfolio.
FORMAT – Portfolios should be a standard format, which can lay flat on the display table. 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.
CONTENT – The portfolio should contain no more than 10-15 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show.
DUMMY BOOK – If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio (a long piece of string or twine is a common solution).
PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – Any promotional postcards or business cards will be placed alongside the illustrator’s portfolio. For space reasons, nothing beyond a portfolio and postcards (or business cards) will be allowed in the Showcase.
NO PUBLISHED BOOKS – For space reasons, please do not bring copies of published books to display in the Showcase. If you want to include published work, put the artwork in your portfolio.
NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK – Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead.
QUESTIONS? – If you have additional questions about the Portfolio Showcase, please email Illustration Coordinator C.S. Jennings.