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!


Now in its third year, the Templar Design and Illustration Award is for illustrators and designers who are new to the children's book industry. The 2020 award will for the first time include categories for children’s non-fiction illustration and children’s fiction cover design, alongside its picture book illustration category. The aim of the award is to celebrate new talent in children's book illustration and design and  looks for bold, innovative art and design for books that will turn children and younger people into lifelong readers.

For any and all queries or requests, please contact TemplarAwards@bonnierbooks.co.uk

COVID-19 UPDATES

During the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we will be reviewing our schedule every three weeks and posting any updates here. 

UPDATE: Our extended entry deadline of 30th June has now passed

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THE THEME

This year the theme of the awards is 20/20 Future Vision. What sort of world do we want our children to live in tomorrow? We publish books that fire the imagination and create a thirst for knowledge. Through books, young readers can begin to visualise the world they'd like to live in and dream of how to make tomorrow's world their own. The theme must be reflected in all works submitted.

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THE PRIZES 

There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place in each category (Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Book) and the winners will be considered for publication on the Templar Books, Big Picture Press, Piccadilly Press and Hot Key Books lists. Please note that there will be one prize for the Fiction category to cover the Hot Key and Piccadilly Press submissions together.

First Place: £750 



Second Place: £500



Third Place: £250 

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THE JUDGES

The 2020 judging panel will be made up of leading industry professionals. Judges will include:

Katie Scott 

Chris Wormell 

Grahame Baker-Smith 

Bethany Christou 

David Roberts 

Martin Salisbury 

Sophie Hallam 

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THE DATES

The competition opened on 2nd March 2020 and closed on 30th June

A longlist will be announced on 20th July,  a shortlist in August, and the winners announced at an awards ceremony in September.


Templar Illustration and Design Awards 2020

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be previously unpublished in book format. Resident of any country. Applicants must be over 18. One entry per category 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.

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THE PREVIOUS WINNERS

Emma Chadwick, winner of the 2018 award, will see her book Douglas and the Land of Far Away published in February 2021.

Paula White, winner of the 2019 award, will see her book Bread, Buns and Biscuits published in October 2021.

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ABOUT OUR JUDGES

Katie Scott 

Katie Scott is an award winning illustrator from London. She graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011 and her first book Animalium was published by Big Picture Press in 2014. It was chosen as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Katie is also the illustrator of Botanicum and Fungarium, both produced in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Katie’s work draws influences from traditional medical and botanical illustration, both in aesthetic and subject matter.


Chris Wormell 

Chris Wormell is a master craftsman print-maker, specialising in wood engraving and linocut techniques, as well as his own digital versions of these crafts. The results are timeless, meticulous and utterly authentic, evoking nostalgia for traditional techniques that are increasingly unique in today’s world. He is completely self-taught, having never went to art college or had any formal training, making his obvious raw talent all the more enchanting.
 
Working for a diverse collection of clients worldwide, Chris’s unmistakable style has lent itself to some incredible projects that have been highly commend throughout the industry. Notably he illustrated Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, which won Waterstones Book of the Year 2017. He also illustrated the cover of H is for Hawk which won a string of prizes including the Costa Book of the Year 2014 and the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014, and more recently created the breath-taking artwor for Planetarium, which won the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize in 2019.


Grahame Baker-Smith 
Grahame Baker-Smith is a self-taught illustrator from Oxford who completed his training at Berkshire School of Art. He has worked in illustration for more than twenty years and in 2011 won the Greenaway Medal for his inspiring tale of fatherhood, FArTHER. He has illustrated three other picture books for Templar: the Greenaway shortlisted Leon and the Place Between, The Winter's Child and The Rhythm of the Rain, which won the 4–7 non-fiction category at the English 4–11 Picture Book Awards in 2019.


Bethany Christou 
Bethany Christou is an exciting new talent in the world of children's writing and illustrating. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in 2016 and her debut picture book Slow Samson (Templar, 2019) was highly commended for the Macmillan Prize in 2016, as well as being shortlisted for New Designer of the Year. Slow Samson has been translated into six languages and Bethany’s second book Nervous Nigel will be published in 2020.


David Roberts 

David Roberts has illustrated a large number of books with such authors as Philip Ardagh (Eddie Dickens and Unlikely Exploits), Chris Priestley (Tales of Terror), Mick Jackson (Ten Sorry Tales and The Bears of England), Susan Price (Olly Spellmaker), Tom Baker (The Boy Who Kicked Pigs), Sally Gardner (Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency), as well as reprint covers for Enid Blyton's St. Clare’s series.

David Roberts has created many picture books with other writers, such as Julia Donaldson for Tyrannosaurus Drip, The Troll, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree, The Flying Bath, and The Cook and the King. Other picture books include Andrea Beaty’s Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Beginners Guide to Bear Spotting by Michelle Robinson. Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal in 2007 for Little Red by Lynn Roberts. For The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, in 2010. For Tinder by Sally Gardner in 2015 and most recently for Suffragette: The Battle for Equality in 2019.

David also created the Dirty Bertie character, who first appeared in Dirty Bertie (2002) and Pooh! Is That You, Bertie? (2004). Alongside Alan MacDonald, he has created the hugely successful 33-book series, which has sold in over 27 territories and recently been optioned for television. In 2019, David wrote and illustrated Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, which received an honourable mention for Non-Fiction at the 2020 Bologna Ragazzi Awards.


Martin Salisbury 

Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University, where he designed the internationally renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration programme. He studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art in the 1970s before working as an illustrator and painter for many years. 

He is the author of a number of books on the practical and theoretical aspects of illustration which have been published in numerous languages around the world, including the recently published second edition of Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Laurence King Publishing) in collaboration with Morag Styles and One Hundred Great Picturebooks (Laurence King publishing, 2015). In 2017 his book, The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970 became a Thames & Hudson best seller.


He has a particular interest in bringing understanding and appreciation of the art of illustration and picturebook-making to a wider audience, writing columns in publications  such as the Literary Review and The Guardian newspaper. He has acted as chair of the international jury at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, a member of the jury at the CJ Picturebook Awards (Seoul) and the Global Illustration Awards (China). 








          

Sophie Hallam 
Sophie Hallam has been a member of IBBY UK since 2014 and was elected on to IBBY International’s Executive Committee in 2018. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation which represents a network of 80+ countries committed to excellence in children’s books, to supporting literacy and reading projects around the world, and developing international understanding through literature. Sophie has over ten years’ experience in children’s publishing and literacy promotion. Her academic research has focused on the wider socio-political and economic issues surrounding publishing, diversity and representation. Sophie also works as a children’s book consultant and editor. 

www.ibby.org.uk / www.hallamcreative.com