Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Golden Gate Conference Award Criteria

Writers Awards

Each year at the Golden Gate Conference, we award the annual Golden Gate Writer’s Award–one for a picture book and one for a MG or YA novel.

Faculty will choose candidates for the Writer’s Award from those writers who submit their work for a paid manuscript critique.

Winners receive:

A mention on our website

A complimentary registration for our next Golden Gate Conference

Note: Once you have been given an award, you are not eligible to win an award again for three years.

Illustrator Award

A faculty committee will select “Best in Show” candidates from all portfolios displayed at the Golden Gate Conference. The “Best in Show” will receive a complimentary registration for our next Illustrator’s Day.

Please note: The Golden Gate Portfolio Award is now awarded to attendees of our bi-annual Illustrator’s Day event.

New this year is a “People’s Choice” award! Attendees can vote for their favorite portfolio at the Friday night cocktail hour/portfolio show. The “People’s Choice” winner will receive a gift card to a local bookstore or art supply store. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony on Saturday evening.