Kelpies Illustration Prize

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Please note that entries to this year’s Kelpies Illustration Prize are now closed. Take a look at our shortlist here and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award. We’ll be announcing the overall winner on Friday 30th March 2018.

Are you a designer or illustrator based in Scotland? Ever wanted to see your design on bookshop shelves? Then the Kelpies Illustration Prize is the competition for you!

We’re looking for imaginative and talented illustrators to create a new cover of one of our Kelpies books. The winner will receive a cheque for £250 and an individual portfolio review from Advocate Art. You may even have the chance to work with our design team to create the book’s final cover – meaning your design could be enjoyed by readers all over the world!

Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018 – Entries Now Open!

This year, entrants to the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2018 can illustrate a cover for Soldier’s Game by Jim Killgore, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War armistice. Soldier’s Game is a remarkable novel based on a true story of war, football and loyalty. It was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards in 2012.

The cover should appeal to the book’s target audience of children aged 8-12. It should have a bold and earnest look that clearly communicates the football and First World War themes of the book.


Needing some inspiration?

Previously the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize, our cover design competition was launched in 2014. Find out about our past winners.