Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI Art Show 2020 Writers’ Contest

Date(s) - 04/01/2020 - 05/31/2020
4:00 am - 11:30 pm

SCBWI Member Writing Contest

Young writers: Please go to the Share a Story contest page to enter our writing contest. Thanks!


(OPEN TO ALL SCBWI INW MEMBERS – even those with illustrations in the art show. Just don’t write a story about your own illustration)

Thank you to all the illustrators who submitted projects for the 2020 Art Show. The Liberty Gallery display has been postponed, but the writing contest is open for business. Below is a gallery of illustrations. Find one that inspires you! 

How did the characters get into these situations? How will they get out? Show off your writing talents! Stories will be posted on the SCBWI INW Blog as part of the Share a Story writing contest. Bios and published books will be included in the post. All posted stories will be shared through SCBWI INW  social media. Share your story with our INW community.

Stories and Poem Guidelines

Stories and poems should be written for a young audience. This includes teenagers.

Short poetry of 4-6 lines for young children, short stories between 400-600 words for chapter book readers, and short stories of 800-1,000 words for MG and YA readers are welcome. 

Work will be accepted through the months of April and May.

When a date has been re-scheduled for the Liberty Gallery Art Show, illustrators will select their favorite story/poem to hang with their artwork.


GALLERY:  Click on the thumbnail to see the full image


Garys Dinner Surprise Whoa, Jet Dog Powder Hound
Gary’s Dinner Surprise
Whoa, Jetdog!
Powder Hound
Chickens Can Fly Uh O's Scrambled Egg
Chickens Can Fly
Uh O’s
Scrambled Egg
When Does School Start Again? House Rule Number 1 Need A Paddle
When Does School Start Again?
House Rule #1
Need A Paddle
Oompa Oompa Cock a Doodle Doo Gone With The Wind NOT My Dream Horse!
Oompa Oompa Cocka Doodle Doo
Gone with the Wind
NOT My Dream Horse
Tangled Little Mouse Trips Catching robots
Little Mouse Trips
Catching Robots


When submitting your work, please include the following information in the body of the email or as an attachment:


  1. Your name
  2. Title of story/poem
  3. Title of Illustration
  4. Author bio
  5. Link to your website (preferably the About page) or SCBWI Profile page. 
  6. Author photo and 1 book cover image (if published).

Send to with the subject Line: Member Story Submission. 

If you have any question please email 

We’re looking forward to reading your amazing stories and poems!