Chapter Logo Contest!

Dear members: after two wonderful years as a chapter, it’s high time we highlight the creativity of our illustrator members and come up with a unifying chapter logo.
We are excited to host a logo contest for our members this month that includes some exciting prizes. The contest will be judged in February by Art Director Ellice Lee of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group (learn more about Ellice here).
We will celebrate the winner and all participants at a reception on March 14 that will follow a free workshop hosted by Ellice Lee (5-7pm in Sleepy Hollow).
We hope you will join us in this first illustrator program in our region–and under the guidance of our new illustrator coordinator Adrienne May, we are just getting started at building our illustrator community and supporting each other in our creative pursuits.
Contest details and logo inspiration from other chapters below! Please contact if you have any questions.

Logo specs:

Please include in your logo entry:
  • a SCBWI kite
  • the words: SCBWI Westchester
  • bonus points if the logo corresponds with the region of Westchester in some way
Please provide a RGB version (full color) and a CYMK version (full color) as indicated in the chart below. The logo will be used on our SCBWI webpage and on items such as totes, mugs, etc. The chart shows approximate file sizes and dimensions.
Mode File Format Resolution Maximum  File Size Width Height
RGB (screen) JPG or PNG 72 ppi approx 900K 400 px 300 px
CMYK (print) JPG 300 ppi approx 45M 1200 px 900 px
All digital files should be titled with the first and last names of the illustrator, followed by the mode. (i.e. “Barry_Williams_CMYK.tif” or “Jean_Simmons_RGB.jpg”)
                                                                                                               Chart updated 01/14/2020.


Submission guidelines:

  • Please submit your entry to no later than midnight (EST) on January 31st, 2020.
  • Subject line: logo contest entry
  • Digital submissions only, with images as email attachments. Do not embed images in an email.
  • Each member can submit up to three (3) images, but each image must be provided in a RGB and a CMYK version.
  • Please title all digital files with the first and last names of the illustrator, followed by the mode. (i.e. “John_Williams_CMYK.tif” or “Jean_Simmons_RGB.jpg”)


Contest prizes:

The contest will be judged by art director Ellice Lee (names will be removed from entries before the time of judging, so all submissions will be anonymous).
First prize:
  • portfolio review with Ellice Lee
  • logo printed with attribution on chapter stationary, which is given to all faculty (via thank you cards)
Runner up:
  • one year free membership to SCBWI

Contest rules:

  • Eligibility: must be a member of SCBWI
  • Participants own full copyright to all materials submitted to this contest. By submitting logo art to the contest, participants grant SCBWI Westchester permission to use the winning logo digitally and on print materials.

This contest was made possible thanks to a grant by SCBWI.

Check out these chapter logos from our neighboring regions for inspiration:







Nominations Open: Books For Readers


Members have through Monday, April 22 to nominate an organization or cause that serves kids who need books to help foster a love of reading in your region. This year, in addition to the two book recipients, another organization will get a $500 donation in the name of the nominating member to a cause that serves kids and reading.

Community is what makes SCBWI so special, and our members have helped thousands of kids over the past two years who would otherwise never know the joy of having a book of their very own. The $500 donation can buy these books to create lifelong readers. Nominate an organization or cause that means something to you. Tell us their story and you could be the one sharing this sense of community and love of books with kids through a place or cause you hold dear. Find out more about Books For Readers from our FAQ and nominate an organization today.

Nominate here.

See the FAQ here.

See previous Books For Readers donation celebrations here.