December 6, 2011

Tomie dePaola Award


Tomie dePaola
The Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award, is given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself. The award consists of a $1,000 gift certificate for art supplies, plus full tuition, transportation and accommodations to the New York Winter Conference held in Manhattan. The winning piece of art will be featured at the annual winter conference in New York.

Tomie generously financed this award until 2011 when the SCBWI chose to fund it as a permanent award in recognition of Tomie’s outstanding contribution to the SCBWI, and especially to our illustrator members. Tomie has been a long time member of the Board of Advisors (he is now emeritus), was instrumental in changing the name of the original organization to include illustrators, founded the Illustrator’s Committee of the SCBWI board which produces events especially for illustrators, taught the first master class at an SCBWI conference, and is featured on the DVD master class produced and distributed by the SCBWI. He has made a singularly important contribution to the growth and mission of the SCBWI

The Tomie dePaola Award competition is open to all SCBWI members. Each entrant is to produce one illustration, any size, any medium, that is based on a text supplied by Tomie. Entries were due no later than December 15 each calendar year. Final art must be electronically submitted and Tomie will announce the winner on January 2, 2012. The winner will receive the award at the New York Conference held at the end of January each year at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan.Tomie says that he wants to see an image, a style, a vision, that he’s never seen before. Good luck to all illustrators. We’re sending you inspiration for this prestigious and generous award.

Click here for the 2012 Tomie dePaola Award Guidelines


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What a fantastic opportunity to experiment and really push yourself! After the deadline has passed, I'd like to feature your submissions on the blog. Email them to me at scbwi.hic (at) gmail (dot) com.