2nd Annual Kidlit411 Illustration Contest

© Sylvia Liu

Sept. 4, 2018

The 2nd Annual Kidlit411 Illustration Contest

Our website banner contest last year was such a success that we are running it again! 

We invite you to design a website banner for Kidlit411 for temporary use on our website and Facebook group. Prizes include cash, an Illustrator Spotlight, and display of winning entries on our sites. 

Last year, we asked for a reinterpretation of our "birds on a wire" theme, but this year it's up to you - dazzle us with what you believe Kidlit411 is about or do your interpretation of our birds on a wire theme. (If this is your first time here, we're a website for kid lit authors and illustrators that shares information and resources and connects creatives to one another).

This was last year's winning entry, from Hui Li:

© Hui Li

We also had a runner up and 8 honorable mentionsSee the winning and all entries from last year's contest here. 

Our website gets over 30,000 page views a month, and our Facebook page has over 7,000 members. 

Submit by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31, 2018.


What: Design a website banner (and optionally, a Facebook cover photo) for Kidlit411. 
  • Must include our name, Kidlit411  
  • Theme: what Kidlit411 means to you, or birds on a wire 

Website Banner:  3300 x 825 pixels, at 300 dpi (high resolution) JPG, 11 in x 2.75 in  

FB cover photo: 1640 x 859 pixels, at 300 dpi JPG, about 5.4 in x 2.8 in.
  • Note: designing a FB banner is optional. If you do, leave the bottom 1/2 inch free of text or important features, because it will not show up on a computer (it will show up on mobile)
  • If you win or place honorable mention, and you haven't submitted a FB cover photo, we will ask you to modify your banner to make a FB cover photo, or we will modify it for you.


1st place: $125, plus your banner (and FB cover image) will be displayed for at least a month on our website (and FB page), with a credit, as well as an Illustrator Spotlight (if we haven't featured you already)

2nd place: $75, plus your banner (and FB cover image) will be displayed for at least a month on our website (and FB page), with a credit, as well as an Illustrator Spotlight (if we haven't featured you already)

Honorable mentions: your banner (and FB cover image) will be displayed for at least a month on our website (and FB page), with a credit, plus an Illustrator Spotlight

All entries: may be posted in a round up/summary post, with links to your portfolio (with your permission) 

We reserve the right not to award prizes. You retain copyrights to all your images. If you are a winner or honorable mention, you give us a right to use your image as a website banner or FB cover photo for at least a month.

How to Submit

1) Email images to kidlit411 (at) kidlit411 (dot) com, with the subject line: "2018 Kidlit411 Banner Contest."

2) Name your files: "first name.last name.KL411 Banner" or "first name.last name.KL411FB" You must include your full name in the file name or run the risk of your entry getting lost.

3) Include the following in your cover email:
  • Name
  • Website (or portfolio or other site)
  • Twitter and Instagram handle (if you have one)
  • Medium
  • Whether you give permission for your image to be used in a round up/results post
We will send you an acknowledgement of receipt. If you haven't received one after a few days, please follow up. 


The entries will be judged by the Kidlit411 Team (Elaine Kiely Kearns and Sylvia Liu).

Deadline: Midnight EST, Oct. 31, 2018


Email us or leave a comment below. 

Good luck!


  1. Is this due tonight or tomorrow night?

    1. We meant end of the day Oct 31, so technically 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31!

  2. Oh yay! I sent mine in before seeing this message. It's a little unfinished so I might send in a more finished version if that's allowed. Thanks so much for responding back to me!

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