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JambaLAya 2022 Portfolio Critique, Contest and Showcase Information

Illustration Portfolio Critique And Consultation Information

Award winning illustrator of over 30 children’s novels, Shirley Ng-Benitez, will do a limited number of portfolio critiques with a 10-minute Zoom consultation the week after the conference (times to be determined). Portfolio critiques and consultations are for conference registrants ONLY and are on a first come/first served basis. There are a limited number of critiques available, so register early.

Please email your digital portfolio of up to 12 images by June 18, 2022 to Denise Gallagher, Illustrator Coordinator, at

You must be registered for the Conference to register for the Portfolio Critique.
The date/time for your 10-minute  Zoom consultation will be emailed to you.

Cost of the critique is an additional $52.

Portfolio Online Showcase Information

Registration in the Portfolio Showcase is FREE but should be confirmed when registering for the Conference. THE PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE WILL BE CAPPED AT 25 ILLUSTRATORS.

Current Louisiana/Mississippi Region members are eligible for the portfolio contest. A winner will be announced at the end of the Conference and will receive free tuition to JambaLAya KidLit Conference 2023. The winner will also be invited to create the 2023 JambaLAya Conference illustration, which will include a link to the winner’s website and/or social media. Additionally a $150 cash prize will be awarded to the winner.

Please email your digital portfolio of up to three (3) images to
Denise Gallagher, Illustrator Coordinator at
Deadline to email, and to be registered for the Portfolio Showcase, is June 30, 2022
The Portfolio Showcase will be displayed in a JambaLAya Conference Album on our
SCBWI-LouisianaMississippi Facebook Page and Shirley Ng-Benitez will judge the Showcase.

Portfolio Showcase and Contest: FREE With Registration

In-Person Showcase Information for Saturday, July 16

Work will be displayed during the conference sessions. There is no additional charge to participate, but you MUST let the Illustrator Coordinator,DENISE INFO know you want to participate so we can prepare enough tables for display.

 Portfolio Directions & requirements:
Portfolios should contain a maximum of 15 samples of your work (no originals). The maximum allowed width is 32” (measured while open). You may also display business cards and/or postcards. Tables will be set up in the with entrance hall to the conference room with a labeled space for each participant. Portfolio drop off will be AT REGISTRATION and pickup will be at the end of conference.
*By entering the Portfolio Showcase, it is understood that SCBWI La/Ms will take every precaution to care for your entry, but SCBWI La/Ms is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen prints. Artwork or portfolios not picked up by end of day Saturday will not be mailed back.

Still have questions? Contact Illustrator Coordinator Denise Gallagher at