Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


SCBWI Southern Breeze offers our regional members two FREE contest opportunities! Our contests are judged by talented industry professionals, giving our members the kind of valuable feedback  to compete in the ever-growing world of children’s writing and illustration. Click each contest title for more information on how to submit your entry!


For Illustrators


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 In honor of our dear friend, Liz Conrad, who created many wonderful children’s books, SCBWI Southern Breeze has established a merit-based award for our regional illustrators. This award is open to Southern Breeze members only and is judged by industry standards. Applications are generally open in November, with a deadline in January. Visit the Illustrators Lounge where you’ll find more information about the Liz Conrad Award and all the events offered for our Southern Breeze illustrators.

For Writers



Each year, Southern Breeze holds a writing contest to help our members best prepare their manuscripts for publishing. Contest entries are designed to mirror submissions that would be sent to future agents or editors, and include a query.

The query is such an important part of all submissions, even for those already represented by an agent. To get some great tips on writing your query, please refer to SCBWI THE BOOK which is available online for free to our members:

The Southern Breeze writing contest submission window is open each June, from June 1- June 30.

Along with having query feedback, each manuscript receives a scoring sheet from one to two of our Southern Breeze published authors, depending on the number of submissions to the contest category. The top 15 manuscripts in each category move onto the final round and receive feedback from an editor or agent judge! Winners are announced in November and receive the following:

1st Place – Free SCBWI membership for a year.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Place – Receive acknowledgement in our newsletter and on our website and blog, as well as on all Southern Breeze social media.

Note: Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category with insufficient entries or scores in both contests.