The Kelpies Prize & Kelpies Illustration Prize

Winners Announced

Left to right: Janis Mackay, Christopher Mackie, Aimee Ferrier, Catherine Rayner

We are delighted to share with you the winners of our new-format Kelpies Prize and Kelpies Illustration Prize! With a record number of entries and an incredibly high standard, the judges of both prizes had no easy task choosing just one winner!

The Kelpies Prize Winner

Edinburgh-based dentist Christopher Mackie has won the Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Author and illustrator Catherine Rayner was on hand to open the top-secret envelope and present the winner’s trophies.

Catherine Rayner and Christopher Mackie

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The Kelpies Illustration Prize Winner

Aimee Ferrier, an illustrator and former teacher based in Edinburgh is the winner of the Kelpies Illustration Prize 2019. Here she is receiving her trophy from Catherine Rayner:

Catherine Rayner and Aimee Ferrier

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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)

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