Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Calendar Contest

Get those pencils and brushes ready!


It’s time for the 2018 Calendar Contest!  This year’s theme is…



Members who would like to participate may create ONE illustration that fits the “Around the World” theme. Twelve winners will be chosen by a guest judge in the industry and represent our chapter in a one-of-a-kind desk calendar.*


UPDATE 8/24/2018: Announcing this year’s guest judge, Nancy Brennan from Viking Children’s Books!

Nancy Brennan is the Art Director at Viking Children’s Books and is celebrating her 18th year with Viking.  During her many years in graphic design she has worked with a diverse range of clients including professional sports teams and Grammy-nominated recording artists. However, her real passion is for children’s books, and at Viking she oversees all facets of the process from commissioning illustrators and art direction to cover and interior design. Nancy’s work can be seen across the entire spectrum of books for young readers including YA, non-fiction, middle grade, board books, and, of course, picture books. She has developed many award-winning books with illustrators including Molly Idle, Juana Medina, Gianna Marino, Divya Srinivasan, E.B. Lewis, and Sophie Blackall. You can see a sampling of her work at Nancy lives in an old house in Brooklyn, surrounded by books, curiosities, and cats.


The deadline for contest submissions is September 1, 2018.  For full details on art size and other submission instructions, please click on the link below:


*2018 Calendar Contest Instructions*


Just like last year, the calendars will be available for purchase later in 2018, and will also be given to professional speakers who lead events in our region.  The winning illustrators will receive a FREE calendar and have their contact information printed alongside their illustration.


Additionally, our friends at the Upper Arlington Library have invited us back for another art gallery this fall!  This gallery will feature the original illustrations that members create for the 2018 Calendar Contest.  Participation in the gallery is not required if you want to submit to the contest, but it is encouraged. Information on preparing the final art for display is BELOW.


If you have any questions, please email us at  We can’t wait to see your talented work!


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Preparing Art for the Upper Arlington Library Display


The Upper Arlington Library is very excited to partner with us again this year for our community display! The gallery is tentatively scheduled to take place during October and November 2018. They’ve asked that we please adhere to these guidelines for preparing the final art:


     •Do NOT frame your final art.  (This is due to the hardware the library uses for their wall displays.)  Please mat your work in white or black (at least 1 inch on all sides).  If you paint on stretched canvas, your piece does not need a mat; it can hang in its entirety.


     •On the back of your piece, please attach wire OR something that can hang on a hook.


     •Please keep overall weight in mind as we don’t want the pieces to be too heavy.


     •You may wrap your piece in clear acetate if you are worried about your original art getting damaged.  The library has said their patrons are very respectful, so this is up to each artist’s discretion.


Final art is due at the September 26th monthly meeting in Columbus.  (You can also bring it to the August 22nd Columbus meeting.)  If you need to make other arrangements, please email Kathryn Powers or Becky Gehrisch at  For the information card, we will also need each participant’s name, website, and/or social media information.  This information can be given with the art drop off on either the August 22nd or September 26th meetings, or via email.


If you have any questions, please email us at  Thank you!


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Looking for some inspiration or layout ideas?  Here are the 2017 Notecard Contest Winners!



*Note: Why are we changing our usual Notecard Contest to a Calendar Contest? Because we want to have more winners and more opportunities to showcase our talented members! Now instead of five winners, there will be twelve. Happy creating, and may the odds be ever in your favor!