Do you have the perfect idea for a children’s picture book?
Are you an inspiring, unique picture book artists?
If so, send in three unique illustrations that together tell a story.

Walker Books is looking for outstanding up-and-coming illustrators.


The story might already exist or be one of your own.

Include the text that goes with each illustration and give a short synopsis
(not more than 250 words of the whole story). Send it as a Word document.

The illustrations should not have been published before.
Any technique or medium could be used.

You may enter only if you have not published an entire picture book
with a trade publisher before.

You are, however, allowed to enter if you have published educational books
or other forms and genres before (e.g. in a poetry anthology, adult fiction,
book covers, etcetera).

Illustrators from countries other than the United Kingdom, France,
South Africa, Germany and the Netherlands and Belgium are also
allowed to enter for the competition by uploading to any of the organising countries.

For the sake of easy communication for all jury members, your text has to be in English.

Upload your entry, with accompanying text, before May 15th 2019.
If you pass the first (digital) selection, you will be asked to send us
hard copies of your work.

A professional jury will select the three best entries in the Netherlands, Belgium,
France, South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom. The results will be
announced on this website in June 2019.
Winners will be informed by email.

The works of the fifteen winning artists will be part of a travelling exhibition,
which will be shown in the participating countries.
The final selection will be published in an international catalogue and
presented to several leading picture book publishing houses
at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2020, thus giving the artists
an excellent opportunity to find commissions.