Join the premier showcase for illustrators! All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 62 annual and included in the exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, on display January - March, 2020. 

Illustrators 62 Annual Book and Exhibition Committee
Lauren Tamaki, Chair
Cari Vander Yacht, Assistant Chair

Illustrators 62 Main Visual by Ohni Lisle
Design and Lettering by Hannah K. Lee

All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 62 Annual. Complete credit will accompany the image, including title, media and artist’s and/or rep’s email addresses and website. The Hanging/Publication fee of $90 non-members/ $80 members is required for reproduction in the book, whether or not the work was displayed in the exhibition. All artists in the show will also have profiles through the Society's website, including an image and link to their websites. 

Deadline for Entries: 
Friday, November 1st at 11:59PM (EST) 

Exhibition Dates:
Uncommissioned, Advertising, Institutional, Surface/Product Design: January 8 – February 1, 2020
Editorial, Book, Surface/Product Design: February 5 – March 7, 2020

Galas and Award Presenations:
Uncommissioned, Advertising, Institutional, Surface/Product Design Gala: Friday, January 10, 2020
Editorial, Book, Surface/Product Design Gala: Friday, February 7, 2020

Gold and Silver Medals will be presented to the illustrators and art directors whose works are judged the best in each category. Medals will be presented only if original art is available to hang in the exhibition. A high-quality print will qualify in case of digitally created work.

Any illustration created or initially published between October 1, 2018 and November 1, 2019 that has not been entered or accepted in the Annual previously, is eligible. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category. Please be certain that the original art will be available for exhibition and can remain at the Society from January through March 2020. High-quality prints will be hung in the case of digitally created art only. To enter work, please visit the competition website.

Specs for Upload:

  • Vertical images should be 72 dpi, jpeg, and can be up to 1000 px on the longest side.
  • Horizontal images should be 72 dpi, jpeg, and can be up to 1400 px on the longest side.

All commissioned work whether published or not, should be entered in one of the six categories: Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, Uncommissioned, and Surface/ Product Design! Participants who wish to submit a Series of images MUST enter their work in the appropriate category. A Series is any multi-image project for which a sequence of images is necessary to fully convey an idea or story. Participants will be able to submit 3 to 10 images per Series. Participants who wish to submit a Moving Image MUST enter their work in the appropriate category. A Moving Image is an animation used for commercial purposes such as tv or online advertisements, short or feature length movies, ebooks, apps. To enter this category, please submit a Youtube or Vimeo link. Gif files are also accepted and follow the same specs as Single Image entries, with the exception of the file being gif and not jpeg.

Examples: work commissioned by newspapers or magazines, medical and scientific journals, or online magazines.

Examples: all illustrations originally commissioned for use inside or on the covers of hardbound and paperback books, including fiction and nonfiction, children’s and young adult literature and comic books. Promotional posters or advertisements depicting book art must be submitted in the book category. Self-published books should be entered in the Uncommissioned category.

Surface/ Product Design
Work appearing in three-dimension.
Examples: illustrations created for merchandise such as carpets, pillows, rugs, clothing, food and beverage labels, etc. as well as repeat patterns seen on wrapping paper, wallpaper and other various textiles. Also includes stationery and self-initiated greeting cards licensed for use by corporations. Illustrations used as murals should be entered in this category.

Work created to sell a product, usually commissioned by an ad agency.
Examples: consumer ads in magazines, newspapers, special supplements, television and web, billboards, point-of-purchase, cd/album covers, theater/music/movie posters, beer and wine labels. 

Work commissioned by an institution such as government services, in-house, or a corporation.
Examples: work appearing on announcements, annual reports, calendars, corporate projects, government service projects, greeting cards, newsletters, in-house publications, philatelic work and collectibles, stamps, work promoting a transportation authority or parks department, and work promoting a gallery. 

This includes all self-generated work such as portfolio samples, sourcebook ads and uncommissioned stock that are currently unpublished except as promotion for the artist or artist's representative. Commissioned but un-published work appearing as self-promotion should be entered in the category for which the work was originally done. Art created for exhibits and gallery shows should be entered in this category, unless the art was used to promote the gallery (then it should be entered in Institutional). There will be no art directors or clients credited for uncommissioned works. 

Entry Fees:
Members: $20 per Single Image, $50 per Series up to five images ($5 for each additional image)
Non-Members: $35 per Single Image, $75 per Series up to five images ($5 for each additional image)

For questions or comments, please contact Breann McGovern at or Kate Feirtag at, or call 212.838.2560.