2019 SCBWI Narrative Award!


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    Congratulations to @mirka Winner of the 2019 SCBWI narrative award- Amazing images, unique concept, so well deserved!!!! https://www.scbwi.org/scbwi-announces-2019-narrative-art-award/



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  • Congratulations! Her illustrations are amazing!

    And I feel so bad to ask this question below, but I really want to figure it out even though I didn't enter the contest. Otherwise there will be a big question mark in my head.

    I am a bit confused because the requirement of the contest says to illustrate a "groundbreaking journey" ... The illustrations are cute, describes very well a story in just 3 images, and sure kids will love them. While the journey is not "groundbreaking" even though in the illustrations there are literally tunnels in the ground... made by moles I believe. BTW "groundbreaking" means "new and likely to have an effect on how things are done in the future". So I wonder when we are entering contests, how strict should we follow the requirements. Any advice/experience?



  • @Hui-Li In the call for entries they did say that the journey could be made-up or imaginary so I think that's what they ran with. At the end of the day, whether you win or lose the contest, you have to make art that you are happy with and it's clear that this illustrator had fun with the concept of a "groundbreaking" journey.



  • Congrats @MirkaH!

    @Hui-Li I think part of what makes these contests fun is seeing how far you can interpret the prompt and still have it relate. The contests on this forum usually encourage us to get past stereotypes and see how we can look at a prompt from different perspectives. While this contest implied the definition of what "ground-breaking" is by relating it to space exploration, I don't think it ever narrowly defined what "ground-breaking" should mean specifically. Playing off of a literal definition of ground-breaking was a creative and fun solution to the prompt!



  • @TessaW said in 2019 SCBWI Narrative Award!:

    tereotypes and see how we can look at a prompt from different perspectives. While this contest implied the definition of what "ground-breaking" is by relating it to space exploration, I don't think it

    Thank you @StudioLooong and @TessaW It is totally making sense to me now after your explanations!


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