On Winning the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase



I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I won! This year’s SCBWI conference was more than I could have ever expected it to be. I got to spend tons of time with my fellow Mentees who were able to be there, see old friends, meet new ones, and just all around be inspired.

Photo by Debbie Ohi: The mentors and mentees reunite

I’m so excited and honored to share with you my news of winning the Portfolio Showcase grand prize at this year’s SCBWI Summer Conference! Since receiving last year’s Mentorship award, I worked hard revising my portfolio according to the suggestions of the Mentors. Going to this year’s conference with the changes in hand, I felt good about the work I had done but couldn’t imagine it would have been announced as the portfolio showcase winner. It was an amazing moment and continues to feel surreal. To top it off, fellow mentee John Deininger won the Portfolio Honor Award! It felt extra special to be up there together.

Photo by Debbie Ohi: Portfolio showcase pics

Everyone around me has been overwhelmingly encouraging. The prize will be an expense-paid trip to New York to meet face-to-face with art directors. I will share more details when I get them from SCBWI.

The Golden Kite Luncheon (1300 people in attendance this year!)

At the luncheon when they announced the portfolio winners (you can see my illustrations on the screens!)

Coming up this week; I’ll share on the blog my portfolio from this year compared to last year, side by side, so you can see what kinds of changes turned it into a winning portfolio!


  1. YAAAAAAAAAY, so happy for you, Eliza! :-) :-)

    • Thank you Debbie!! What an honor to be there with you, Kimberly, and John. It was the most incredible weekend, I’m too sad that it’s over!

      • SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) is an amazing ortinasagion for anyone who’s interested in writing for children. And like Caroline, I’ve got lots of SCBWI authors and illustrators travelling to my launch. It’s like an enormous extended family. It’s my top tip for anyone wanting to write for children: join SCBWI. Really good luck to Caroline with her book.

  2. Hurray for you, again! It was so great to meet you in LA! The upcoming post on the before/after of your portfolio is a wonderful idea. Looks forward to it!

  3. Gorgeous work, Eliza! Congratulations to you – and what an awesome experience!!

  4. You’re work is lovely! Congratulations! You earned it!

  5. Congratulations! Your work is beautiful! I will be looking forward to hearing about how you improved your portfolio to get to that level.

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