The Kelpies Prize for Writing and Illustration

The Kelpies Prizes 2022 are now open for entries!

Are you a writer or illustrator based in Scotland? Do you have a passion for children’s books? Then we want to hear from you!

The Kelpies Prizes are for creatives here in Scotland who want to start a career in children’s books. Our prize package includes a mentorship with our experienced editorial and design teams, consideration for a publishing deal, plus £500 cash, which we hope will help our winners take their first steps as a children’s author or illustrator.

If that sounds like you, click on the relevant button below for full details on how to enter the Kelpies Prize for Writing or the Kelpies Prize for Illustration, or find out about our previous winners here.

History of the Kelpies Prizes

The Kelpies Prize for Writing was launched in 2004 to find the best new Scottish writing for children. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, with many of the winners and shortlisters going on to have sparkling writing careers.

The Kelpies Prize for Illustration was launched in 2014 as the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize. Previously focused on cover design, entrants were asked to submit a complete design for the cover of a Kelpies book.

In 2019, we changed the format of both prizes to reflect our new aims of nurturing and developing children’s writers and illustrators in Scotland, asking entrants to submit a selection of writing or illustration samples suitable for a children’s book as opposed to a complete manuscript or cover design. In addition, we introduced an all-new prize package including a mentoring programme with our experienced editorial and design teams.

Click here to find out about our previous winners, or click a button below to enter the Kelpies Prizes 2022!