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- Entrants must be previously unpublished in book format.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!

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations in 2018, TEMPLAR PUBLISHING, part of Bonnier Books UK, launched a new prize for aspiring illustrators.


We invite you to submit materials on the theme of ‘where I come from’. No matter if you are a student or self-taught, all submissions are welcome. 

A panel of judges, including illustrators Jonny Duddle, Lara Hawthorne, Lucia Gaggiotti and Frann Preston Gannon, will select a shortlist to be announced in June 2019. The winner will be announced in September 2019. 


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

Theme The theme of the work must be centred around ‘where I come from’ 

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 February 2019 

Competition closes: 1st May 2019 at 17:30 

Longlist announced: 31st May 2019 

Shortlist announced: 21st June 2019 

Winner announced: September 2019 (exact date TBC)


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.


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: illustratorcomp@templarco.co.uk 

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.  

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