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The Society of Illustrators invites publishers, illustrators, agents, and authors to submit books to the 44th 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.

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.


  • Books © 2023 and 2024 will be accepted.
  • Books published by companies incorporated in the U.S. (Books may be printed outside the U.S.)
  • Folded-and-gathered sheets bearing a copyright date that is the same as the exhibit year.
  • Picture books and illustrated books (with a minimum of eight images) whose intended audience is children newborn to twelve years old.
  • Books rendered in traditional and/or digital media.
  • Chapter books with at least eight full-page illustrations.


  • Books entered into previous shows
  • Color proofs or printouts
  • Self-published books
  • Photographic books
  • Textbooks
  • Books intended for readers age thirteen and older
  • Coloring, craft, and activity books
  • Books based on licensed characters
  • Anthologies with multiple, independent illustrators
  • Books illustrated with A.I.-generated or A.I.-assisted art.

Felicita Sala
As Night Falls: Creatures That Go Wild After Dark
Publisher: Penguin Random House / Random House Studio
Art Director: Rachael Cole; Editor: Lee Wade; Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Medium: The illustrations were rendered in gouache, watercolor, ink, colored pencils, and oil pastels.

The entry submission process for The Original Art 2024 will be completely electronic and will be hosted through our competitions website.  Complete instructions on creating an account and submitting entries will be posted in June.

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

Exhibition Dates: October 23-February 1, 2025

Reception: Friday November 15, 2024

ENTRY DEADLINE: Accepting submissions through June 24, 2024

Would you like to enter a book that was published by an international publisher?

The annual Illustrators 67 call for entries launches September 1st and is open to artists and publishers worldwide! Learn more here…


  • The cost for submitting work to The Original Art 2024 is $20 per title for SI members, $30 per title for nonmembers.
  • Guidelines for payment will be 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 an 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 multiple events to celebrate this year’s exhibit and the artists whose work is juried into the show. More information to come.

EXHIBITION & CATALOG: The Society will be accepting framed, original artwork for hanging in the galleries. 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 Society. Also note that to support the show and its catalog, there is a hanging / publication fee per accepted book of $35 for SI members, $45 for non-members.

BOOK DISPLAYS & DONATIONS: The Society welcomes the opportunity to display the books that are juried into the show and share them with attendees, including students of all ages; children’s book authors and illustrators; publishing, library, and bookstore personnel; and other fans of children’s books. After the show closes, any books provided for display will be donated to appropriate charities.

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