Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship

The Peter Davis Emerging Illustrator Scholarship – Deadline March 30, 2019

NESCBWI will award a scholarship to the 2020 New England spring conference, in honor of longtime member, Peter Davis. In addition to being a frequent volunteer, he was instrumental in starting our NESCBWI listserve, and another listserve specifically for illustrators.


General Guidelines:

* You must be a current/active member of SCBWI and a resident of New England. You do not need to be registered for the 2019 NESCBWI conference to be eligible.

* This scholarship is only open to UNPUBLISHED illustrators. If you have a book under contract that has yet to be published, you are considered published for the purposes of this scholarship.

* The winner of this year’s scholarship will receive free tuition for ONE DAY at the 2020 NESCBWI Conference. The winner will be announced Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the 2019 NESCBWI Conference in Springfield.

* All submissions must be e-mailed by March 30, 2019.

* All submissions are a maximum of 5 (five) images. 5 images on one page counts as 5 images. Additional images will be removed.

* Spot illustrations may be included but no more than two. Each will count as a separate image.

* Past winners are not eligible (so that we may help jumpstart as many illustrators as possible!).

* Presenters at NESCBWI 2019  are not eligible to apply but may apply any subsequent year they are not presenting.

*The scholarship does not cover any other expenses such as editor critiques, hotel or travel.


Judging Criteria:

  1. Is the submitted art ready for publishing?
  2. Is there a consistency of quality and style of all the images?
  3. Are the submitted images engaging and appropriate for children (baby – teen)?
  4. All styles are given the same consideration – realistic, abstract, comical, etc.
  5. Only work presented will be considered, not previous work or work that a judge may be familiar with.


Submit the following:

* Send up to 5 (five) images in .pdf format, no larger than 5MB total to Russ Cox at, (please add the word total). Additional images will be removed.

* All submissions must be e-mailed by March 30, 2019.

* Your name & contact info should appear on all pages.


Please include in your submission:

* Name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Please add “Peter Davis Emerging Artist Scholarship” in the subject of your email.


Our preferred method of submission is a PDF attachment e-mailed to:


If you have any questions, please contact the Northern New England Illustrator Co-Ordinator (Russ Cox) at, or Central New England Illustrator Co-Ordinator (Milanka Reardon) at


Past scholarship winners