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.


Inspired by Templar Books’ new Drake the Dragon logo, we invite you to submit materials on the theme dragons.

A panel of judges, including illustrators Duncan BeedieEmma DoddSam Usher and Jane Foster, will select a shortlist to be announced in April 2018. The shortlisted parties will be invited to attend the Templar 40th Anniversary Party in the summer of 2018, where the winner will be announced.


All entrants must submit finished artwork and design for a cover and one spread and storyboard for the full book

Theme The theme of the work must be centred around dragons

Age The work must be for children between the ages of 0–12 years

Approach The work can be either fiction or a non-fiction approach. All ideas are welcome no matter the format – novelty elements (e.g. pop-up, flaps, fold-out pages) can be included

 Length Picture books should be 32 pages in length. Books with novelty elements should be a maximum of 24 pages. Pop-up books should be seven double-page spreads maximum

Size Page size should not exceed 400mm width or height


Competition opens: 1st December 2017

Competition closes: 20th March 2018 at 17:30

Shortlist announced: 20th April 2018

The winner will announced at the Templar 40th Anniversary Party (June 2018, exact date TBC)


Duncan Beedie began his career in children's animation before turning his hand to book illustration. His debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the 
Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

Emma Dodd has published a host of books to critical acclaim, including Sometimes..., 
I Love My Mummy, which won the Booktrust Early Years award, and the Amazing Baby® books. 

Sam Usher is the creator of the charming  picture book quartet about the seasons – 
Snow, Rain, Sun and Storm. His debut Can You See Sassoon?  was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Jane Foster is a designer and illustrator whose work in screen printing has gained her wide acclaim around the world. Jane's pre-school board book range with Templar has garnered international success.


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

Second Place: £500

Third Place: £250


Submissions can be accepted digitally or by post.

All postal submission must have the applicant's name on each piece of artwork.

You must include a page with your name, email address, phone number and postal address attached to your postal submission. 

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For all postal submissions please send to:

The Templar Illustration Prize
Unit 3.08
The Plaza
535 Kings Road
SW10 0SZ

Please note we cannot return artwork to entrants

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For all digital entries please send to:

Digital entries must be in a single PDF (maximum size 10MB).

When sending digitally, label your document and email as:
'[Full Name] Templar Illustration Prize 2018'

The first page of your PDF should be a blank page with your full name, email address,
phone number and postal address.

You must allow 5mm additional bleed around the edge of the artwork.

If you sent your work digitally and are shortlisted we will require a high quality print of your work by 4th May 2018.

Any lettering must be black and set up on a separate layer to the artwork.

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 for Templar's 40th birthday!


Our judges have selected the shortlist from the top ten entries.
These individuals will be invited to attend the Templar 40th Anniversary Party in June 2018, where first, second and third places will be revealed.

Ann Macleod – Danni and the Dragons

Brittany Lakin – The Dragon that Swallowed the Moon

Emma Chadwick – Douglas in the Land of Faraway

Thank you to everyone who applied, and a huge congratulations to the other applicants on the longlist: Abigail Hookham, Alice Potter, Carina Roberts, Dan Genders, Hannah Lewin, Sam Bailey and Suzanne Dore.