Illustration: The Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019

Are you an artist or illustrator based in Scotland? Do you have a passion for kids books? Then the Kelpies Illustration Prize may be for you. The Kelpies publishing imprint is part of the independent publishing company Floris Books, based in Edinburgh, and Floris is the largest publisher of children’s books in Scotland. Among their acquisitions is the original Kelpies list, which included books from classic Scottish authors such as Kathleen Fidler, George Mackay Brown and Mollie Hunter.

Floris are currently awaiting submissions for their Kelpies Illustration Prize, asking illustrators to submit five illustrations for a children’s book on the theme of fables. The judges will be looking for imaginative interpretations, dynamic compositions and fully realised characters – both human and animal. You might find inspiration from existing fables from around the world, or new fables that you’ve created.

As it states on their website, writers are also sought too: “We’re looking for emerging writers and illustrators who are committed to developing their skills and creating quality books for children. The prize package includes a year of mentoring with an experienced editorial or design team, a publishing contract, and £1,000 cash, keep reading! We believe that the best talent Scotland has to offer needs nurturing and development in order to reach its full potential. That’s why we’ve created a new prize package for both our writing and illustration prizes to help you become the best you can be!

  • A £1,000 cash prize

  • One year of mentoring by an experienced editorial or design team

  • A publishing contract with Floris Books for a book or illustrated project

  • A week-long writing retreat at Moniack Mhor (Kelpies Prize)

  • A ticket to the Picture Hooks 2019 conference (Kelpies Illustration Prize)

Deadline 28 February 2019