November 29, 2012

Tomie dePaola Award

SCBWI's annual Tomie dePaola Award contest kicked off in October!
"Black and white is in again.  Brian Selznick’s beautiful illustrations for “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” the award-winning film “The Artist,” and Tim Burton’s new (based on his 1984 short film) “Frankenweenie” have all forgone color in favor of rich B & W.

This year, my Illustrator Award is doing the same – an illustration in black and white, including half-tones, from a classic.

Choose a passage, line or description from one of the following books:
“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott 
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain         
“The Yearling” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Please submit your entry by Friday, December 14th, 2012 as a single PDF, titled with your name, in a spread format with the art on one side and text you are illustrating on the other by email to with the subject "Tomie".  I will select the winning entry by January 9th, 2013. 

I’ll repeat myself, again.  I want to be surprised, excited and – VERY jealous.

I want to see an image, a style, a vision that I’ve never seen before – all in glorious black and white!

Good luck and don’t forget, I’m on your side!

Submission Instructions

Read these instructions carefully! Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.
1. Illustrate your chosen text in one B&W image
2. Submit your artwork and its corresponding text as a PDF in spread format with the image on one side and text on the other
3. Title the PDF with YOUR name as it appears on your membership card
4. Submissions can be no more than 5MB 
5. No original artwork should be mailed. All submissions must be digital
6. 2013 entries are due by midnight Pacific time on December 14, 2012. No files received after that time will be considered
7. Tomie dePaola will announce the winner in early January 2013
8. The winner will receive a trip to the 2013 SCBWI  New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, where the award will be presented
9. You must be a current SCBWI member to win
10. Send submissions via email to

Do you want to be included in the "unofficial" gallery of submissions?

Last year, Diandra Mae, Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI Houston region started an "Unofficial Gallery" of submissions to the award. It was such a great success that this year we are making it more official and easier to enter.  Any SCBWI member who enters the award is eligible to be included in the gallery.

Here is last year's gallery: 

If you are interested in having your submission included please follow these guidelines: 
After you enter the contest, email your submission image to Gallery Coordinator Diandra Mae at 

1) The subject of your email should be "Tomie de Paola Award"
2) Your image should be saved as a web-ready jpeg (save it for 72 dpi).
3) Save your jpeg as your first and last name. Example: JaneDoe.jpeg
4) The passage you have chosen should be part of the jpeg
5) Include the following information in your email: 

First and Last Name
Medium the piece was done in
Your website or blog address
SCBWI member since_(fill in the year)_

Due to the volume of submissions, any submissions not following these guidelines will not be posted.