2018 New England Illustration Prize
This year the New England Illustration Prize, which is in its third year, is going national!
We invite illustrators resident in any part of Australia, and at any stage of their careers, to create a colour illustration, suitable for a children’s picture book, on the theme of ‘A fun day out’. You can interpret this in any way that you wish — it can be humorous, fantastical, realistic, or any genre that you wish and the illustration can be centred around people, animals, supernatural creatures, robots, monsters, machines, whatever you like! It can be created in any medium but must be able to be sent digitally, by email, as a file attachment — see Entry Requirements (bottom right of this page) for the full guidelines.
Thanks to the generosity of fantastic sponsors, we have great prizes on offer.
Participation in a one-day course on creating picture books with award-winning, internationally-published picture-book creator Glenda Millard and award-winning publisher Margaret Hamilton, on Saturday August 25 at Pinerolo, the Children's Book Cottage, Blackheath NSW.
Sponsored by Pinerolo, The Children’s Book Cottage
$250 cash prize and a selection of picture books from Little Pink Dog Books.
Sponsored by New England-based children’s picture book publisher Little Pink Dog Books.
$150 cash prize and a selection of illustrated children’s books from Christmas Press.
Sponsored by New England-based children’s publisher Christmas Press.
One illustration will be chosen by our wonderful admin team at NEWC.
Prize: A selection of picture books.
About the judges...
Michelle Wheatley is co-owner of flourishing Armidale independent bookshop, Reader’s Companion, Michelle Wheatley is passionate about books, and fabulous Australian children’s picture books and illustrated titles especially.
Lesley Gibbes grew up in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Wagga Wagga in country NSW. After completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney she embarked on a successful sixteen-year teaching career in Primary Education specialising in dance, drama, debating and public speaking. She is now an awarded, internationally published author of eleven books for children. In 2015 Lesley's picture book Scary Night was awarded Early Childhood Book of the Year, Honour Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her other picture books include Little Bear’s First Swim (CBCA Notable Book, Early Childhood 2017), Bring A Duck, Quick As A Wink Fairy Pink, Fluke and Bouncing Bouncing Little Joeys. She is also the author of the internationally published chapter book series Fizz illustrated by Stephen Michael King. The first book in the series, Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts was awarded CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers in 2017.
This year Lesley launches a new picture book Three Little Mermaids, illustrated by Lisa Stewart and the poetry anthology A Boat of Stars, edited by Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior which features twelve of her poems. You can read more about Lesley at www.lesleygibbes.com
Stuff you need to know...
Competition opens: March 5, 2018
Closes: June 4, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
Results announced: in the week beginning July 9, 2018
Medium: Entries can be in any medium.
Cost per entry: $10
Only one entry per illustrator.
How to enter: Book and pay using the link below or pay by EFT.
Put 'entry fee NEIP' as the reference/description line, and make sure to put your name as sender.
Bank account details
Account name: New England Writers Centre Inc
Account number: 618658
Please read these carefully!
Margrete Lamond is founder and publisher of Dirt Lane Press Inc, a new regionally based not-for-profit publisher of quality illustrated narrative books. for all ages. She was previously publisher at Little Hare Books, an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont. She has also worked as Publisher and Senior Editor at Scholastic, and as Publications Officer for The School Magazine. Margrete is also the author of several illustrated books, including The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear, illustrated by Heather Vallance, Two Troll Tales from Norway, illustrated by Ingrid Kallick, and the Once Upon A Timeless Tale series, a collection of retold folk and fairy tales, illustrated by a variety of leading Australian and international artists.
Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage is the home for children's books in New South Wales – at Blackheath in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Pinerolo promotes Australian picture books and their creators, educates children and adults about picture books, provides a venue for the exhibition of original artwork from picture books and brings people interested in picture books together in an inspiring environment.