The Kelpies Prize & Kelpies Illustration Prize

Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to share with you the shortlists for our new-format Kelpies Prize and Kelpies Illustration Prize! The judges of both prizes were delighted to receive more entries than ever before, resulting in a shortlist of six talented writers and six talented illustrators.

The Kelpies Prize Shortlist

(In alphabetical order)

  • Kelpies Prize 2019 ShortlistBobby Finn
  • Karen Hussain
  • Helen MacKenzie
  • Christopher Mackie
  • Emma Mason
  • Libby Valentine

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The Kelpies Illustration Prize Shortlist

(In alphabetical order)

  • Angus Barker
  • Sarah Coomer
  • Aimee Ferrier
  • Catherine Lindow
  • Lisa Molloy
  • Kirsty Oxley

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Developing new Scottish talent in writing and illustration

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, watch this space and follow @DiscoverKelpies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for details of the 2020 Kelpies Prize and Kelpies Illustration Prize!

The All-New 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 new 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)
  • A ticket to the Picture Hooks 2019 conference (Kelpies Illustration Prize)

Find out more about the Kelpies Prize   Find out more about the Kelpies Illustration Prize