Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 1, 2011

Leeza Hernandez Wins at SCBWI Conference

New Jersey’s own Leeza Hernandez was the lucky winner of the Artist Showcase at the SCBWI Annual Winter Conference this past weekend.
Leeza says, “It came as a complete shock to me, especially because there were more than 200 talented children’s book illustrators in the show.”
As a winner, she’ll be given the opportunity to meet with some art directors at publishing houses in New York for a portfolio review. Leeza almost didn’t attend the conference this year, but now she’s glad she did! Illustrators were asked to submit one piece of work for the show—matted or framed—which then were displayed for invited industry professionals to view. 

I attended the Illustrator Showcase, so Leeza should be very proud to be picked from the many talented artist who were part of the show.  And I know everyone who knows Leeza is very proud of her win, too.

CONGRATULATIONS – Leeza!  Take a minute to visit her website if you aren’t familiar with her work. Leeza is the New Jersey SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator and the Art Director of our Magazine, Sprouts.
Talk tomorrow,


  1. Congratulations, Leeza!!!!!!!!!

    I am so thrilled for you, and I love the work you submitted. You deserve this, my friend!


  2. I was so happy I almost knew what it felt like to be the winner! The reason for my happiness of course is that I feel like the winner was extremely talented and extremely deserving of this award and it was wonderful to be witness to someone finally getting back some of the goodness that they have given out ❤ I'm so glad to have been there to share your moment with you, Leeza! Love you — SMOOCH!


  3. WOO HOO, LEEZA!!!! You done Jersey proud.


  4. Congrats!!!!! And there is a cute post win video of Leeza on the NYSCBWI blog site. Just sayin’ xxxxxxxxx


    • Natalie,

      Thanks for letting me know there was a video. I don’t know if I found the one you were talking about, since you didn’t give me a link. If there is a better one and you let me know, I will put it up.




  5. Wow! This is great! Many congratulations, Leeza.


  6. YAY LEEZA!!!!!! I’m so happy for you!!!! Looks like we’ll be doing a little bit of celebrating at the June conference, huh?!


  7. Congrats.!!


  8. WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! WOW!!!! WOWOWOWOWOW!!!!!!!!!! How exciting is THIS?!!! Leeza, you are one of the sweetest people, and without question—SOOOoooo talented! You may not have expected it, but you certainly deserve it! Congratulations all around! *running to check out the video…*


  9. Squeeeeeeeeeeee! Congratulations Leeza, you so TOTALLY deserve this!!! Yay!
    I’m still sending out your little upside monster cards that I bought at one of the June conferences, LOVE your stuff!
    See you in June!


  10. Oh my! Wow! Thank you so much everyone for your wonderful comments. This is what is so great about SCBWI and of course, the chapter—the blessings of the support from fellow illustrators and writers. Thanks Kathy and Laurie and all the Scibwees I have met over time. You rock!


  11. Congrats Leeza,

    This is great news! I know you’ll rock the children’s publishing industry. Good luck with the art directors.




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