Terms and Conditions

- Entrants must be previously unpublished in book format. UK and Ireland Residents only. Applicants must be over 18. One entry per person. The work submitted by the applicant must be entirely their own original work. The prizes will be paid in pounds to the winners. Templar reserves the rights to publish any of the prize winners. The work should not be obscene, defamatory or offensive in any manner. The decision of the panel is final. Templar holds the rights to alter the competition and competition prize at any time and will not be held accountable for any said changes. By submitting your artwork you agree to allow Templar to use your artwork in all print and digital advertising relating to the competition and any future competitions.

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, King’s Road Publishing imprint Templar Publishing, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, has launched a new prize for aspiring illustrators. No matter if you are a student or self-taught all submissions are welcome.


Get involved and get creative with Templar Publishing!


After the success of last year's competition, TEMPLAR PUBLISHING, part of Bonnier Books UK, are continuing to offer a prize for aspiring illustrators.

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TEMPLAR IS NOW EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL TEMPLAR ILLUSTRATION PRIZE, TAKING THE COMPETITION DOWN TO THE TOP THREE SUBMISSISIONS OF ALL THE WONDERFUL ILLUSTRATORS WHO ENTERED THE PRIZE.

The 2019 prize invited applicants to submit book materials – including cover, storyboard and spread designs – to the theme of 'Where I Come From', aimed at pre-school children up to 12 years. This year's judging panel includes Templar illustrators, Jonny Duddle, Lara Hawthorne, Lucia Gaggiotti and 
Frann Preston Gannon. 

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THE 2019 FINALISTS ARE:

MARIA COCO

The New Swamp

PAULA WHITE

Bread, Buns and Biscuits

SALLY WALKER

Grandpa's World

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The winning entry will be announced at an awards ceremony at Nomad Books in Fulham on the 18th September 2019.

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THE PRIZES 

First Place: £750 and the work will be considered by the Templar team for publication



Second Place: £500



Third Place: £250 

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THE JUDGES

Jonny Duddle overheard the story of his first book The Pirate Cruncher while sailing on a square-rigger. Since then he has written even stranger tales including The Pirates of Scurvy Sands, The Pirates Next Door, Gigantosaurus and The King of Space. The Pirates Next Door won the Waterstones Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Gigantosaurus will appear as an animated series on Disney Junior in April 2019. Jonny lives in Wales with his family.

Lucia Gaggiotti is a London and Italy-based illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated from NABA (New Academy of Art) in Milan with a BA in graphic design and illustration. She moved to London in 2005 and has been working freelance since then for many clients including Carluccio's, Jamie Oliver, Pizza Express and M&S. She is the illustrator of I Really Want the Cake for Templar, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Frann Preston-Gannon is a London-based illustrator and designer. She has been widely published, including by Nosy Crow, Vintage Books, Lonely Planet, Walker Books, Powerhouse Publishing, Scholastic books US, Chronicle Publishing, Pavilion Books, The Times Newspaper, Burt's Bees and Page One Theatre. In April 2011 Frann became the first UK recipient of the Sendak Fellowship . Her first picture book, The Journey Home, published in 2012, was shortlisted for both the Waterstones Children's Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2014. I Am The Seed That Grew the Tree (Nosy Crow) was been chosen as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year in 2018. 

Lara Hawthorne graduated from Falmouth University in 2013. Her first picture book, Herb was published in 2014 and she was selected to illustrate Carol Ann Duffy's The King of Christmas (Picador, 2016). Lara’s The Night Flower (Big Picture Press) has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 . She currently lives in Bristol, UK.