SCBWI-Tomie DePaola Scholarship

To all our SCBWI members who are readers, it’s the time of year that Tomie de Paola throws down the gauntlet for his annual competition and Illustrator Award, The Tomie dePaola Award.

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So what is the Tomie dePaola Award?  The Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award, is given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by Tomie himself. The award consists 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.

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 December 15th, 2012 as a jpeg titled with your name by email to with the subject “Tomie”.  I will select the winning entry by January 9th, 2013. In the body of the email include your name and the passage you have chosen.
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!

Please follow the link and read all the submission directions. 



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