Friday, December 4, 2009

Take a Chance!

On what?  Entering contests - you just never know!  First I will say that contests are so subjective that if you enter and don't win, don't sweat it.  At the very least you'll have new work for your portfolio and that is always a good thing.

I haven't worked my way up to entering the illustration contests outside of the children's book world, but I do enter SCBWI portfolio contests as often as I can.  Before I won the Tomie dePaola Portfolio Award last year there was a moment a few weeks before the conference where I almost talked myself out of not entering.  What a shame that would have been!

Get your work out there and see what happens.

So a month or so ago when I learned about Picture Book's contest, I immediately entered.  The grand prize is a page in their annual, that would be sweet and 4 runner-ups will receive an online portfolio.  That wouldn't be too shabby either. 

So guess what?  I'm one of the 30 finalists.  They will announce the winners mid-January.  Cross your fingers, knock on wood, rub a horseshoe, eat a four-leaf cover and all that jazz for me!!!


  1. Hi Heather, Congratulations! Your work is really beautiful! You are already a winner. I will be participating for the first ime at the SCBWI regional conference in January in Miami. This will be the first time that I will present a portfolio for a critique. I am nervous, any suggestions in how to present it ect? Any advice would be appreciate it. Also, when you won the Portfolio of the year award, were you able to meet with publishers? I'll keep my fingers cross that you will be the winner of the Picture Book's contest :)
    All best!

  2. Hi Heather! Just discovered your blog and love the style -- great stuff! Good luck with the PictureBook contest . . . I will send winning vibes your way!