Supporting the Children’s Book Illustrators of the Future

About the Carmelite Prize

The Carmelite Prize is an exciting award created to recognise excellence in children’s book illustration, with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for children’s stories.

We are excited to announce Peter Bently as this year’s author with his new and original picture book text called Where the Sea Meets the Sky. We are inviting students, aged 18 and over, who are studying illustration and design at a further or higher education institution in the UK to submit their illustration ideas for this book. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, including Peter Bently and the CEO of Hachette Children’s Group.

The competition winner will receive £1000 and may be selected to work with Hodder Children’s Books, (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton Ltd and part of Hachette Children’s Group) on the final illustrations for Where the Sea Meets the Sky. The winner’s Course tutor will receive a £500 donation towards their students final year show.

There are also two runner up prizes of £500 and £250 respectively and, in addition to this, the top 5 entries (including the winner and the two runners up) will be invited to show their illustration portfolios to Art Directors from Hachette Children’s Group for advice and feedback.

The competition will run from 30th October 2017 until 6th April 2018 (inclusive). Winners will be announced on 27th April 2018.

Peter Bently

The Carmelite Prize 2017
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About this year’s author

PETER BENTLY studied languages at Oxford and has two children. He is the bestselling author of Lark in the Ark (shortlisted for Red House Book Award) and The Great Dog Bottom Swap. He won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Cats Ahoy! and the American Library Association Notable Book of the Year with King Jack and the Dragon.

One of his titles, A Home Full of Friends, was published in August 2017. Peter says:

“‘I am honoured and delighted to be writing the text for this year’s Carmelite Prize. The sense that I will be helping to discover a brilliant new star of children’s book illustration is incredibly exciting. I can’t wait to see the entries!’”

About the author

A Note to Course Tutors and Leaders

The Carmelite Prize is unique and perfectly timed for students’ final term projects.

‘It can be difficult at Degree level for a student to be able to spend the required amount of time and effort to both write and illustrate a strong picture book. Therefore, having a professionally written text for them to react to is brilliant, and in this way the Carmelite Prize mirrors the professional world where illustrators are selected to illustrate a given text. I love the idea of having a fresh, new creative text to work with this year.’

Mark Foreman, Senior Lecturer at Falmouth School of Art