The Kelpies Prize & Kelpies Illustration Prize

The Kelpies Prize and Kelpies Illustration Prize are now closed for 2019. Thank you to everyone who submitted, and keep an eye on our website and social media for the shortlist announcement in June!

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, keep reading!

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)

For full details, guidelines and terms & conditions, click the relevant button below.

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