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 Kes Gray as this year’s author with his new and original picture book text called ZEBRACADABRA. 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 Kes Gray and the Creative Director 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 ZEBRACADABRA. The winner’s Course tutor will receive a £500 donation towards all their students’ final year shows. In addition to this, the first one hundred entrants to send in their work will be invited to an afternoon seminar on Careers in Publishing, on 12th September 2019, at Carmelite House, London.
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 29th October 2018 until 5th April 2019. Winners will be announced on the 26th April 2019.