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Illustrators’ Gallery 2018

Please Note: We have a NEW procedure for submitting your entries to BiG.
Please read the following details carefully.


The Bologna Illustration Gallery is BiG and it returns for 2018.

Registration is now closed for the 2018 BiG Gallery but the Winner and Shortlist page is separately listed on the menu to the right and here.


SCBWI Illustrators – show your work at the Bologna Book Fair!

A portfolio of SCBWI illustrator members’ work will be on display at the SCBWI Showcase during the next Bologna Book Fair and available for browsing by publishers, agents and other attendees from across the world. In addition, a digital version of the portfolio will be posted on this website with thumbnails of artwork and contact information.

See our previous Illustrators’ Gallery and also our 2016 winner Rongyuan (Roya) Ma – Daughter of the Dragon.


Call for Submissions

This opportunity is open to *all* SCBWI members from *all* regions worldwide.


Note:  You first register for “Bologna BiG 2018”, and then you can select which image from your Member Profile to submit to BiG.


Please follow these steps:


1 – First, you must register for the “Bologna BiG 2018” event.  The cost is $15.  Registration is open from October 2 through November 15.

Registration is now closed.

Thank you for your interest!  If you have already registered but have not yet selected your image, you can still do that.  See Step 2 below.


2 – After you register, you can then select which illustration from your SCBWI Member Profile to submit to BiG 2018.

Note:  You can only select *one* image to submit to BiG 2018.  Also, you can only select an image after you have first registered for the “Bologna BiG 2018” event  (Step 1 above).

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to select which image to submit to BiG 2018.


The work should:

* NOT contain your name in the title

have a filename that does NOT contain your member or creative name. We suggest the filename be the title of the work

have a Maximum size of 4MB

be in formats either jpg, jpeg, png, gif

be in landscape (minimum 1500 px width) or portrait (minimum 1500 px height) orientation.


All artwork submitted by the closing date will then be reviewed for inclusion.

After the closing date, November 15, 2017, the jury will select entries to be part of the 2018 Bologna Illustrators Gallery (see the cumulative Illustrators Galleries from previous years). From these entries up to ten finalists will be chosen and included in the Bologna Illustrators Gallery as well as displayed on the showcase booth walls at Bologna. The finalists will consist of one winner, two honourable mentions and the remaining entries (or variance thereof). As in previous years there will be a collection of work displayed on the 2018 Illustrators Gallery with the finalists announced early in 2018.


Note – Application for possible inclusion in the Bologna Illustrators Gallery costs $15. See Steps 1 and 2 above for how to register for the “Bologna BiG 2018” event to be included in the BiG 2018 Gallery.


The winner will be awarded a certificate at the 2018 New York SCBWI Winter Conference and displayed with the other finalists at the Bologna Book Fair at the SCBWI booth. In addition, from the finalists displayed in Bologna there will be a separate People’s Choice Award chosen by visitors to the booth.


Please note:

* To be eligible for this award the entrant MUST be a member at the time of the Bologna Book Fair. 

* This is NOT the illustration competition organised by the Book Fair. Information about that competition is here.

The Dates

September 18 – BiG information released
October 2 – entry into BiG opens
November 15 – last date for submitting illustrations
January 1 – BIG shortlist revealed. (Please note this has been delayed – date to be advised)
February 2 – Winner announced (at the New York Winter Conference)


The Judges

​Introducing our very experienced, talented and international jury:

CeciliaYung-150x150Cecilia Yung is Executive Art Director and Vice President at Penguin Books for Young Readers where she oversees illustration and design for two imprints, G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books. She is fortunate to have worked with some of the major names in picture books, but the highlight of her work is to discover and develop new talent. She serves on the Board of Advisors of SCBWI and is a member of its Illustrators Committee where she helps plan conference programs for illustrators.


Susan Eaddy plays with clay and writes in her attic studio. She was an Art Director for fifteen years, and has won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination. She’s been a judge for the Audies Book Awards for 10 years and is the RA for the Midsouth SCBWI. Her books include, My Love for You is the SunPapa Fish’s LullabyPoppy’s Best Paper and Poppy’s Best Babies. Find more about Susan at her website.


bluewolfe1-150x150David Liew  has been described as a polymath. Besides illustrating children’s books, he’s an active member of the Singapore Maker community. He shared the 2016 Cystal Kite Award for Asia, India and Middle East Region with writer Melanie Lee for Who is the Red Commander?, as well as a Samsung Kidstime Authors Award in the same year for Where is my Mama?  He’s the RA for Singapore SCWBI and written and illustrated Nightmare on Eat Street: Tales from the Leopard Eating House, as well as the illsutrations for the Ellie Belly series. Find more about David at his website.


Rongyuan (Roya) Ma – Daughter of the Dragon……

Winning the BiG Award is absolutely one of the highlights in my life. I still can remember vividly how unbelievably surprised I was when I heard Mr. Christopher Cheng announced my name before the camera flashes and the applause. It is such an honor that gives you pride whenever thinking of it, and such an encouraging experience that fuels your dream and propels you venturing onward your next achievement.

My entry Daughter of the Dragon was the first spread of my same-titled story based on Asian folktale. I outlined it with ink on vellum and color-rendered on computer. Through the art I was trying to blend in metaphors and symbolism to this piece in order to best interpret the text of the story: I used lotus, a Buddhist symbol which grows up from mud, through water, into air, still remaining stunningly beautiful with faith, to signify the characteristic of transcendence of our protagonist.

I wish SCBWI all the very best at Bologna 2018! Thank you.

Daughter of the Dragon

Dorothia Rohner’s winning entry from 2014 is shown below. She says: 

It came as a complete surprise when my illustration won first place at the SCBWI 2014 Bologna Illustrator Gallery. It was such an honor to have my piece “Firefly Forest” be a part of the gallery. Being chosen as the winner by the panel of accomplished judges helped to validate my work in children’s books.

The funny thing is, I almost didn’t enter because it was a little odd. But because the SCBWI Bologna team made the entry process so easy, I said “what the heck”, and entered. 

This award has helped me to trust myself.  It gave me courage to begin finishing and sharing some of the weirdish sketches that fill my sketchbook. It taught me that the illustrations created from the deep place within are the ones that most resonate with others. I would encourage any and all SCBWI illustrators to enter BIG this coming year. 

Dorothia Rohner