How the Portfolio Contest Works

On Saturday, September 28, three faculty members will be judging RMC’s limited space, juried Portfolio Contest. The prize? A one-on-one  virtual portfolio consultation with an art director at a large publishing house (director TBD). The runner-up receives a $30 gift certificate to Second Star, our amazing conference bookstore.

Due to our new venue, contest location is TBD. Portfolio drop-off will be  from 2:45-3pm on Saturday, September 28. The Illustrator Coordinator will contact those who have entered with final procedure.

No portfolio feedback is provided with this contest. Sign up for the Picture Book Rountable Intensive or a one-on-one portfolio critique if you want feedback.

Contest pre-registration and Saturday conference attendance required.

Portfolio + Postcard Guidelines

Be sure to follow these guidelines:


  • Size: Up to 15″ width & height, depth proportional to a flat portfolio within the above proportions
  • Length: 12-15 pages suggested
  • Include your name in your portfolio
  • Standard formats only (book-type portfolios)
  • Only one (1) portfolio permitted

Promotional Postcards

Amount: up to 20 suggested – only one set (image) permitted.
Size: up to 5 x 7 inches.

Submit your cards either in a rubber band or in a disposable bag and the cards will be displayed on the table by your piece. No cardholders please. We cannot ensure their safety or return. Please include your name and contact information.

Book Dummy, Optional

Only one (1) Dummy permitted. It MUST be securely attached to your portfolio (string or ribbon suggested). This means of attachment is not an option, but a requirement if you bring a dummy. Please arrive to the check in table with your dummy already attached to your portfolio. Thank you.

What is Not Permitted

The following will disqualify your portfolio from contest:

  • Oversized portfolios (whether in length, depth or width)
  • Non-secured portfolio (images not securely attached to portfolio)
  • Original, framed, or 3-dimensional art
  • Published books (You may include spreads from your published books within your portfolio.)
  • Easels, stands or props of any kind
  • Portfolios in unusual novelty formats, such as boxes