The Kelpies Prizes for Writing and Illustration 2020

Developing new children’s writers and illustrators in Scotland

Now open for entries!

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

We’re looking for emerging writers and illustrators who are committed to developing their skills and creating quality books for children. If that sounds like you, and you’d like the chance to win an incredible prize package including a year of mentoring with an experienced editorial or design team, a publishing contract, and £1,000 cash, read on for details of how to enter the 2020 Kelpies Prize for Writing and Kelpies Prize for Illustration!

The Prize Package

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 prize package for both our writing and illustration prizes to help you become the best you can be! Our brilliant prize package now includes:

  • 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 for Writing)
  • A ticket to the Picture Hooks 2020 conference (Kelpies Prize for Illustration)

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted via our online entry form. We can no longer accept entries by post or email. For full details of how to submit your entry, including guidelines and terms & conditions, click the relevant button below.