The Kelpies Prize for Writing and Illustration

The Kelpies Prizes 2022 are now closed!

Thank you to everyone who entered! Watch this space and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the shortlist announcement in June.

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.

Our judges are now busy assessing the entries ready for the shortlist announcement in June 2022. 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.