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The Society of Illustrators invites publishers, illustrators, agents, and authors to submit books to the 41st annual exhibition of The Original Art, founded by Dilys Evans in 1980 and sponsored by the Society since 1989. A jury of outstanding artists, art directors, and editors in the field of children’s publishing will choose which books are to be represented in the show and will select gold and silver medal recipients. Jurying is anonymous, and an artist may have no more than two books accepted for the show.

ANYONE MAY SUBMIT: Publishers, illustrators, agents, and authors. Publishers, please pass along the website link to eligible artists if you are not able to submit their work.


  • All entries must be published in the U.S. Books printed overseas are eligible.
  • Books © 2020 and 2021 will be accepted.
  • Books must be intended for children from newborn to age twelve.
  • Chapter books must have at least eight full-page illustrations.
  • Books rendered in traditional and / or digital media are eligible.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Books previously entered, self-published books, photographic books, textbooks, YA books, consumable activity books, books based on licensed characters, anthologies with multiple, independent illustrators.

Image credit: The Bear and the Moon, illustrated by Catia Chien. Published by Chronicle Books. Gold Medal winner, The Original Art 2020

This year, as in 2020, the entry submission process and jurying for The Original Art will be electronic and will be hosted through our competition website. For complete instructions on creating an account and submitting entries, please click on the appropriate link below.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, please email Breann McGovern for assistance:

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Grace Lin, Chair
Vashti Harrison, Assistant Chair

Cozbi Cabrera
Catia Chien
Saho Fujii
Connie Hsu
Juana Martinez Neal
Duncan Tonatiuh
Peter Van Den Ende

Learn more about the jury >


  • $30 per title / $20 for SI members submitting work.
  • Guidelines for payment are provided in the instructional walkthroughs. If you choose to pay by check, please make it payable to: Society of Illustrators.


  • Gold Medal and Silver Medals for the best-illustrated books of the year.
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards for work that demonstrates and innovative and pioneering contribution to children’s book illustration.
  • Dilys Evans Founder’s Award for the most promising new talent of the year.

Awards Presentation & Special Programs: The Society will be organizing a series of events to celebrate this year’s exhibit and the artists whose work is juried into the show. More information to come.

EXHIBITION & CATALOG: With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, the Society will once again be hosting a physical exhibition of artwork representing the books juried into this year’s show. To this end, we will be accepting framed original artwork for hanging in the gallery. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the artist or publisher to frame the artwork and have it delivered or shipped to and from the museum. Also note that to support the show and its catalog, there is a hanging / publication fee per accepted book of $45 for non-members, $35 for SI members.

Book Donations: In past years, the Society has donated submitted books to organizations dedicated to underserved communities such as New Alternatives for Children, Behind the Book, and Brooklyn Book Bodega. To expand this tradition, we will be accepting children’s book donations throughout the year. Please send books to: The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY, 10065.

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