Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Showcase 2016




CLICK HERE to see the 2016 Illustrator Showcase!

The Illustrator Showcase is a key feature of the 6th International SCBWI Biennial Conference, an exclusive event aimed at displaying SCBWI talent to leading professionals in the children's book industry. At the 2014 SCBWI showcase more than fifty publishers, editors, designers and other industry professionals viewed the exhibition resulting in contracts for new and established illustrators. It's an unprecedented opportunity for illustrators to get their work seen by publishers and places are limited.


This year, we will be asking the invited industry professionals to vote on their favourite portfolios. The two portfolios which receive the most votes will be awarded a fabulous prize—a professional meeting with a publishing house. Thank you to HarperCollins Australia and Penguin Random House Australia for generously donating these prizes. The winners will be announced on Monday night at the dinner dance.


When: September 5, 2016 from 9am to 11am.

Where: The Menzies Sydney Hotel on Level 1, 
14 Carrington Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

There will be an invitation-only viewing of the Showcase from 9am to 11am. Conference delgates are welcome to view the portfolios from 11am to 12pm.


Illustrator Showcase Fees and Bookings    SOLD OUT!

Attending delegates: 

Non attending delegates:  SOLD OUT!


Attention! DO NOT BOOK a ticket for the showcase unless you are also buying a ticket to attend the full SCBWI Conference. Places for distance portfolio submissions are all gone, and there is a substantial waiting list. 

If you buy a showcase ticket without also registering to attend the full weekend conference, we will have to cancel your purchase and refund your money. Apologies for any disappointment. 

If there are any places left at the close of ticket sales, we will make them available to non-attending members. You can add your name to a waiting list here


Key dates

1st July: Upload bio, contact/website details and one image of your work for inclusion in the online gallery (see below for specifications).
 Late submissions will NOT be included!

26th August: Final date for submission of portfolios by mail (for SCBWI members NOT attending the conference).

4th or 5th September: Hand delivery of portfolios to The Menzies Sydney Hotel (for SCBWI members who ARE attending the conference).

For details and guidelines on how to enter your work in this exciting exhibition, see below. Please read the conditions carefully, as unfortunately portfolios that don't meet the specified criteria cannot be included in the exhibition.


Portfolio Exhibition Guidelines

To assist in Perfecting your Portfolio, we have compiled the feedback from the 2014 Showcase on the SCBWI Blog.

What to submit:

• Portfolio (printed or digital)

• Dummy (optional)
 (A dummy cannot be submitted without a portfolio)

• Business Card and /or postcards


Portfolio specifications:

• Only one (1) portfolio permitted per SCBWI member

• Portfolios must consist of a standard A3 folder containing no more than 10 plastic sleeves OR a fully charged ipad with suitable image viewing app activated

• Please DO NOT include original artworks – prints only

• Portfolios must be participant's own artwork

• Please put your name and contact details clearly on/in your portfolio

• Including a dummy (mockup book) is optional. Only one dummy is permitted and it must be attached securely to your portfolio. Dummies cannot be submitted without a portfolio.


Please note what is not permitted:

• Oversized portfolios

• Non-secured portfolio (images not securely attached to portfolio)

• Original art

• Framed art

• Published books

• 3-dimensional art

• Easels, stands or props of any kind

• Portfolios in unusual novelty formats, such as boxes


Promotional Postcards:

• To be placed by your portfolio

• Amount: up to 100 suggested

• Size: up to 5 × 7 inches

Please include your name and contact information. Publisher feedback suggests they liked to have several images from which to choose.


Online Gallery

Information about exhibiting illustrators will also be posted on the SCBWI website. You will need to provide:

• One (1) digital image of your work labeled with your name in lower-case and hyphen instead of space (.jpg, 1500 px wide, 72 dpi)

• Name of your illustration (if applicable)

• 100 word bio

• The URL of your website

Click HERE to upload your image and bio by 1 July 2016. Late submissions will NOT be included!

<Check HERE to see the Gallery from the 2014 Showcase.


Delivery and Return of portfolios/postcards/business cards

For Illustrators who are NOT attending the Conference:

Portfolios/postcards/business cards must arrive no later than August 26th 2016.

Mail to:

Aura Parker
PO Box 1718
Rozelle NSW 2039

All portfolios of Illustrators who are NOT attending the Conference will be returned via mail so please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return delivery. We recommend Australia Post Parcel Post Satchels. We regret that if you do not include a return envelope, we will be unable to return your portfolio to you.

We are UNABLE to take postal delivery of ipads for digital portfolios.

The illustrator will carry the responsibility for, and cost of insurance and transport to and from the SCBWI Conference at The Menzies Sydney Hotel. SCBWI takes all care but no responsibility for any damage to or of works submitted to the Showcase.

You will receive an email to confirm when your portfolio has been received.


For Illustrators who ARE attending the Conference:

Portfolios/postcards/business cards can be delivered either:

Sunday 4 September 2016 between 5pm and 6pm to the Concierge in the lobby of the Menzies Sydney. (Clearly label your package as c/o Lana Webster, SCBWI Conference, Level 2)


Monday 5 September 2016 between 7am and 8am directly to the Illustrator Committee on Level 1 of the Menzies Sydney.

All portfolios must be reclaimed in person after the Showcase by 12.30pm on Monday 5 September. The Illustrator Committee will be on hand to assist.

Hand deliver to:

Illustrator Showcase
SCBWI Australia/NZ
The Menzies Sydney Hotel

14 Carrington Street 

Sydney NSW 2000

We are UNABLE to take postal delivery of iPads for digital portfolios. These must be hand delivered, and remain the responsibility of the illustrator. By submitting an electronic device to the Showcase, the illustrator agrees that SCBWI accepts no responsibility for loss of or damage to electronic equipment or content.

The illustrator will carry the responsibility for, and cost of insurance and transport to and from the SCBWI Conference at The Menzies Sydney Hotel. SCBWI takes all care but no responsibility for any damage to or of works submitted to the Showcase.


Terms and Conditions

SCBWI is a not-for-profit volunteer run organisation and all proceeds from these tickets are committed to Event expenses. Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds, but we will allow transfer of Conference ticket to another eligible SCBWI member.

 Illustrator Showcase and Critique tickets are non-transferable.