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Midsouth Illustrator Lounge

Welcome to the Midsouth Illustrator Lounge: A place for artists to stop by and get informed on all the illustrator-centric happenings in the Midsouth region. Scroll down for opportunities and events.


Illustrator Contest for 2018 Midsouth Fall Conference


Judge: Patti Ann Harris, Creative Director at Scholastic.

Fee: $20 payable at conference registration.

To Enter: Illustrate a double page spread to the following prompt: 

As soon as Emma saw Ruby she knew they would NEVER be friends.

Specs: Any medium. Type may or may not be included in final art. One submission per entrant. Entries may be submitted by any SCBWI member from any region. The artwork will be judged on the most publishable entry, and of course creativity and technique are always considered! Entries are to be mounted on foam core or mat board (with a maximum size of 18″ wide by 12″ high) with a string attached for hanging. See pictures below:


Contest Front Contest Tape Contest Back
Contest Entry Front Contest Entry Tape on Back Contest Entry Mounting String

Deliver: Bring your Illustrator Contest Entry to the conference registration desk EITHER:

  • • Friday night, Sept. 14, immediately after Illustrator Intensive, from 4:45-5pm
  • • OR during Friday registration from 6:30-8:00pm 
  • • OR Saturday morning, Sept. 15, between 7:30-8:15 am

Prizes: Winners will be announced on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Midsouth Fall Conference.

  • Grand Prize- Entry into the Midsouth Illustrator Hall of Fame, including prominent display at future Midsouth Fall Conferences, and promoted in the rotating gallery at, displayed as the cover our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and prominent tweeting under the hashtag #kidlitart. 
  • Runner(s) Up*–  promoted in the rotating gallery at, and prominent tweeting under the hashtag #kidlitart.

 *One Grand Prize guaranteed to be awarded. Runner(s) Up may or may not be awarded according to the Judge’s discretion


Portfolio Showcase Submission Guidelines for 2018 Midsouth Fall Conference

portfolio guidelines

On Friday September 14, paid attendees of the Midsouth Fall Conference are invited to display their portfolio in the Showcase during the dessert party from 7:30-9:30 pm. You may also provide promotional postcards to leave with your portfolio.  Portfolios should follow the National SCBWI Guidelines pictured here. If you plan on displaying, please be sure to check the Portfolio Showcase box on your Fall Conference registration.  To display, bring your portfolio and postcards to the conference registration desk on:

  • • Friday night, Sept. 14, immediately after Illustrator Intensive, from 4:45-5pm
  • OR during Friday registration from 6:30-8:00pm 

along with a completed Midsouth Artwork Release. There is no charge to display a portfolio. No digital portfolios. Please collect your portfolio after the Dessert Party at 9:30 pm. SCBWI cannot be held responsible for damaged or torn materials and/or portfolios not picked up at this time. 


Want to fill your Artwork Release out in advance?  Click HERE to download the form.



3 Steps To A Better Portfolio

Setting up your portfolio for the first time? Check out our short video with tips about what to leave in and what to take out: Three Steps to Building your Portfolio


Midsouth Illustrators Network Facebook Group

The Midsouth Illustrator’s Network Facebook Group is a closed group for illustrator members.  It’s a nice, comfy place to:

  • • share work
  • • ask questions
  • • share good news
  • • get some encouragement 
  • • get inspired!

It’s a place where we can check in with each other for inspiration and accountability when we need it. It is the primary place of communication for info on Midsouth Illustrator events including events related to the Midsouth Fall Conference. Feel free to post your own local illustrator events including local meet-ups, gallery showings, book launches etc. Some illustrator events from the SCBWI National Office will also be posted here. Click Join the Facebook Group and request to join. We look forward to getting connected!


Midsouth Illustrator Gallery

To add your art to the SCBWI-Midsouth Illustrator Gallery, login to your SCBWI account and upload files from the Illustrations section of your Member Profile page.

If you have questions, contact Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator Mary Uhles.