SCBWI-BI CONFERENCE 2019 Badge Competition Winners

With just a few days until booking closes, we’re delighted to reveal this year’s conference badges, reports Zoe Cookson

Our judges had to make some extremely hard choices as we had a record number of entries.

First prize goes to…

They finally awarded first prize to Niki Leonidou, (her beautiful winning design is pictured above) with badges by Alex Edwards Agg and Glo Silva tying for second place.

First prize goes to: Niki Leonidou.

Niki explained how the conference theme inspired her design: “When I found out the title of the SCBWI conference 2019, I just couldn't resist. I knew exactly what to draw. I took my time and enjoyed every second. I never expected to win. To be honest, I only realized my design was the winner after the second email. Thank you so much SCBWI!”

Second prize goes to...

Joint 2nd prize-winning entry, by Alex Edwards Agg.

Joint 2nd prize-winning entry, by Glo Silva.

Alex Edwards Agg, in contrast, based her idea on another aspect of the conference: “I was inspired by characters and the tradition of dressing up at the conference! I have designed a few badges in the past so I was aiming for a bold design which was eye-catching at a small scale. The SCBWI logo colours provided the perfect palette. It was fun to create and I am delighted to be chosen in joint second place.”

Alex Edwards Agg.

Our final winner, Glo Silva, entered from across the sea, being a member of SCBWI in San Diego, California! She told me: “I just love reading what the British Isles “Scoobies” write and post.  I am thrilled with the honour to have my entry on a badge at your conference!”

Glo Silva.

As well as these three winners, the judges selected nine runners up. These designs by Claire Lewis, Rebecca Rouillard and Tonka Uzu will also be made up into badges.

And the runners-up...

Claire Lewis

Claire Lewis
Rebecca Rouillard

Claire Lewis

Claire Lewis
Claire Lewis
Tonka Uzu
Claire Lewis
Tonka Uzu

Badges will be on sale all weekend, along with a selection of winning designs from previous conferences.

Volunteers wanted

If you'd like to sell badges at the conference, we are looking for volunteers to help with this and other roles during breaks and lunchtimes. It's a great way to meet people and get involved 'backstage'. Just email Camilla Chester, the Front of House Co-ordinator at if you're interested.


Zoë Cookson spent 15 years in the grown-up world before quitting her management job to write for a living (albeit mostly reports, funding bids and business cases). A vociferous reader of children’s books, she runs her own children’s book review site – Madge Eekal Reviews – where she loves to promote fellow SCBWI members. Zoë has a MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. She enjoys writing for children of all ages and has a particular love of middle-grade action adventures. Twitter: @MadgeEekal and @MadgeReviews


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