Competition Rules

Competition Rules

Submission Deadline

has been EXTENDED:




For examples of work in these categories from last year’s exhibition, you can browse the Category menu of Illustration West 59.

Commissioned and published work used for consumer/trade print ads, fashion, point of-purchase, product, packaging, outdoor, websites and other forms of promotional media.

Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, hard & soft cover books. Includes young adult, adult, and cookbooks.

Cartoon (our newest category)
Commissioned and published work used in newspaper strips, newspaper panels, TV animation, feature animation, newspaper illustration, gag cartoons, book illustration, greeting cards, comic books, magazine feature/magazine illustration, and editorial cartoons.

Children’s Market
Commissioned and published work used for the children’s market.

Commissioned and published work for newspapers, magazines, blogs, courtroom sketches including spots, and humorous works (see new Cartoon Category for work in the cartoon field.

Entertainment & Visual Development
Commissioned and published work for promotion or packaging of entertainment events, products and organizations, including: music, motion picture, DVD/video, television, computer games, live entertainment or Commissioned work for a production of a motion picture, animation, video games, and television. Examples: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, and storyboards.

Any work produced for the purpose of showing at a gallery or museum.

Graphic Novels / Comic Books
Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, comic books, and graphic novels. Including: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, pin-ups, and storyboards.

Commissioned and published work for annual reports, corporate projects, capability projects, in-house publications, illustrated company logos, calendars, menus, calligraphy, non self-promotional greeting cards, philatelic, and collectibles.

Work created for classroom projects only. Must include instructor and school for each entry.

Unpublished & Self-Promotional
Any self-promotional work, whether commissioned or not commissioned. Sourcebook ads, mailers, gallery work, portfolio pieces, experimental, fine art. Includes all Artist’s Rep or Gallery commissioned work.


For examples award-winning work from last year’s exhibition, browse the Awards menu of Illustration West 59.

Joseph Morgan Henninger Award – Best of Show
This award is presented to the best of all the Gold Award winners and is named for SILA’s first President during our founding year in 1953.

Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence
This award is presented to the second best of all the Gold Award winners and is named to honor a great illustrator, Patrick Nagel.

GoldSilver and Bronze awards are awarded individually for each category.

Work entered in the Gallery, Student and Unpublished / Self-Promotional categories will not be eligible for the Henninger or Nagel Awards.

All accepted entries will receive Certificates of Merit.
Award-winning artwork must be available for use on the Web site.

Scholarship Awards

Scholarships are presented to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners from the Student category.

Gold –  Phillip Hays “I love it. I think it’s terrific.” $1000 Scholarship

Silver – Elin Waite & Dick Oden $750 Scholarship

Bronze – Bill Tara $500 Scholarship


Eligibility & Fees

Entry Fee
$35 per entry (standard non-member entrants).
$15 per entry for SILA Members BUT WAIT! Your first 2 entries are free. (non-members visit for membership details).
$15 per entry for entries in the Student category.

Entry fee in full must accompany all submissions. Entry fees are not refundable.

PAYMENT can be made as you enter each piece or all at once when you’ve uploaded your work. You can pay by check (USD), your bank’s “
Zelle” function or by Paypal.

Choose “Send Money”, then, using our main email address, follow their directions. You can put “ILW60” in the notes field.  Contact Alyce at the office if you have any questions. 800-799-6368 or

Exhibition Fee – Only paid if you are accepted by the judges and choose to exhibit in our in person gallery opening and reception.
$55 per accepted entry (standard non-member entrants).
$35 for SILA Members.
$35 for students exhibiting their own artwork in the Student category.
The exhibition fee is required for inclusion in the in person, public gallery. Inclusion on our website is free.

Except for the Visual Development category, any illustration created in or published between November 2020 and October 2021 is eligible. The work in Visual Development category can date back 2 years. Entries from around the world are welcome.

Each original illustration is a separate entry. Do not submit campaigns or complete books as one entry. Complete and submit an entry form for each individual piece – uploading your images and all applicable details. Fees can be paid using Paypal, your bank’s Zelle service or by mail with a check or money order.

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