The Kelpies Illustration Prize

Are you an artist or illustrator based in Scotland? Do you love children’s books? Then the Kelpies Illustration Prize is for you!

We’re looking for imaginative and talented illustrators based in Scotland with a passion for children’s books. Sound like you? Keep reading!

The Prize

We’ve put together a brilliant prize package, designed to support your development as a children’s book illustrator, which includes the following:

  • A £1,000 cash prize
  • One year of mentoring by an experienced design team
  • Picture Hooks LogoA publishing contract with Floris Books for an illustrated project
  • A ticket to the Picture Hooks 2019 conference, plus £100 towards expenses

You’ll find full details of what’s on offer in our Terms & Conditions.

The Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019 – Now Open!

This year, the Kelpies Illustration Prize is all new! Please make sure you read our Guidelines and Terms & Conditions carefully to get to grips with the new submission criteria.

This year, we’re asking you 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.

You will find full details of what we need from you, as well as our Terms & Conditions, on the How to Enter page.

How to Enter

Needing some inspiration?

Previously focused on book cover design, the Kelpies Illustration Prize (formerly the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize) was launched in 2014. Find out about our past winners.