Saturday, August 5, 2023

Awards and Wrap Up

Time for the awards! 🎉 Starting with...

Stephen Mooser Member Of The Year

This year's winner: Cecilia Yung!

Sarah Baker shared congratulatory messages from Stephen Mooser and Lin Oliver. 

BIPOC Scholarships

Antara Dave - MeiLin Chan - Aleesha Nash 
Marisa Catalina - Casey - Meneka Repka

Student Illustrator Scholarships

General Conference Scholarship

Siyan Lim - Jenna Johnson - Kimáya May Barker
Mark Wilson - Janet Kelly

Portfolio Showcase Awards

Congrats to all the Portfolio Showcase winners! You can find out more about this year's Portfolio Showcase in our recent mini-interview with TeMika Grooms, SCBWI's Design and Illustration Manager. Judges Lauren Rille (Art Director, Simon & Schuster) and Karina Granda (Art Director, Little Brown Books For Young Readers) reviewed 104 portfolios submitted from illustrators worldwide.

Unagented Honor Awardee: Breanna Chambers

More info about Brenna at and Instagram.

Unagented Grand Prize Winner: Amy Kumph

More info about Amy at and Instagram.

Agented Honor Awardee: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

More info about Marjorie at, Facebook, and Instagram.

Agented Grand Prize Winner: Peili Huang

More info about Peili at, Instagram, and Linkedin.

Be sure to browse all the wonderful art in this SCBWI 2023 Portfolio Showcase at

And to wrap-up (sort of) as Sarah reminds us that tomorrow there will be Pitch Sessions, as well as an Illustrator's Intensive. And don't miss the Pitch-Off (open to all attendees). 

Did you know that SCBWI has a podcast? Be sure to check it out!

And an ANNOUNCEMENT! The in-person New York City conference will take place February 9-11, 2024 at the Hilton Midtown. Watch for more to come. 

Sarah leaves us with this: "If there's one thing you take away from this conference, please remember that no mater what challenges you face, and what hurtles you might have....please keep going. The world needs your stories."


Register for the SCBWI Summer Conference at Replays of the conferences will be available until September 10th, 2023.

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