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Children's Book Writers
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Liz Conrad Illustration Award



Liz Conrad
May 21, 1954 – August 26, 2009

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ANNUAL APPLICATION PERIOD  November 15th – January 15th


In honor of our dear friend, Liz Conrad, who created many wonderful children’s books, the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has established a merit based Award for our regional illustrators. This award is now the only contest offered to our illustrators as we have moved to a single regional conference each year.

The Liz Conrad Award will be given to one promising illustrator in the children’s book field and will provide:
*One-year free SCBWI Membership
*Review comments from the Judge determining the recipient of the Award

This Award is open to Southern Breeze SCBWI members only and is an impressive honor to add to one’s resume. Applications may be submitted beginning November 15th of each year. The deadline for submissions is January 15th.


The judge will look for images that tell a visual story or incident with clarity and nuance. The images should reflect a range and progression of mood and emotion. The narrative qualities of the submission will be considered, as will the effectiveness of the design and composition of the image. Whether you choose to submit three images or four images will not factor into the judging.


  • You must be a current SCBWI member of the Southern Breeze Region to submit.
  • Submissions due by January 15th. (The winner will be announced during the Spring Conference)
  • Title the PDF as follows: last name_first name.pdf (e.g. baker_sarah.pdf)
  • Submit one PDF of your 3 – 4 images. (Maximum file size 20 MB)
  • Each page will include one piece of art
  • The submission will consist of either three or four images, without text.
  • Your art style and visual story must be appropriate for one of these two specific audiences/book genres (Choose one): 
    • Full color, intended for a picture book for 4- to 7-year-olds – OR –
    • Black and white, intended for a middle grade book for 8- to 11-year-olds



Q. Is the competition open to everyone – published and pre-published?

A. Yes! This is open to anyone who is a current SCBWI Southern Breeze member, whether you are published or pre-published.

Q. Do the three images have to tell a complete story? 

A. No, your three images can portray a smaller moment within a bigger story.

If you have any questions please email  Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator at

JUDGE:  Ward Jenkins

Ward Jenkins is a children’s book illustrator and storyboard artist from the Atlanta, Georgia area. His illustrated picture books include CHICKS RUN WILD, ROCKET SHOES, SALAM ALAIKUM: A MESSAGE OF PEACE, as well as THE GOOD CROOKS series. The latest book he’s illustrated is TALES OF THE DAIRY GODMOTHER: CHUCK’S ICE CREAM WISH, which recently was awarded the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year for 2021. Additionally, Ward has served as storyboard artist for several animated TV shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Bing!, Snoopy In Space, and currently, Ada Twist: Scientist for Netflix. He lives with his photographer/writer wife, Andrea and is this much closer to becoming an empty nester, with his daughter in college and his son a senior in high school. Ward has not shaved his beard since 2010.



(Click on their artwork to see the websites)



2021 Liz Conrad Awardee TAYLOR ACKERMAN

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Watch the interview

1st Runner-up  Endreketta Whelihan

2nd Runner-up  Rebecca Gunn


The 2020 Liz Conrad Awardee REBECCA GUNN 

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2019 Liz Conrad Awardee – Chasity Hampton

Interview with 2019 Liz Conrad Awardee – Chasity Hampton

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2019 Liz Conrad Honoree – Michelle Hazelwood


2018 Liz Conrad Awardee – Laura Moss

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“Little Girl. Big Feat.”

2018 Liz Conrad Runner-Up – Melissa Schultz-Jones

2018 Liz Conrad Honoree – Shannon Day

2017 Liz Conrad Awardee – Jason Bradley Rollins


2016 Liz Conrad Awardee – Narges Jafari

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Narges Jafari_A rainy story

A Rainy Story

Metro Monster

Metro Monster

Little Ben