Supporting the children’s book illustrators of the future

The brief

Entrants must submit illustrations for Jeanne Willis’ book, One and Only. 


In a dreamy, steamy forest lives a lonely bird of paradise. He longs to have a friend – but none of the other birds likes his raucous songs, his messy feathers or his overpowering orchid-scented nest.

It seems the one and only lonely bird has no choice but to accept his fate – alone. Until, one day, a little bird comes by, who feels very differently from the rest . . .

What the judges are looking for?

The judges are looking for a series of original and outstanding illustrations demonstrating competency and creativity in visual storytelling for children. The illustrations should show characterisation, continuity and progression, plus a range and pace appropriate to the text. Originality is key as is the consideration for text placement and page design.


  1. The full text is split over 14 spreads and entrants are required to submit roughs for 10 spreads and final artwork for 4 spreads. The text, with suggested page breaks, can be accessed on completion of the Registration form.
  2. There is a choice of two formats for the finished book: 245mm x 245mm or 275mm (high) x 250mm (wide). Please choose the format most suited to your style.
  3. Artwork must be created at 100% size, or up to 30% larger, allowing at least 5mm extra (after reduction) for any images that bleed.
  4. Any medium may be used, but final artwork must be flat so it can be scanned. Illustrations with novelty elements or 3D structures will not be eligible.
  5. Artwork can be supplied digitally but should be supplied as one low res pdf, file size to be no larger than 10MB. Please ensure file is labelled with your full name as follows: firstname_lastname.pdf. Note, original files should be created in high res – and retained as such – should your entry be successful and selected for print.
  6. Text should be shown in black, either typed or handwritten, and should be removable (ie, supplied as a transparent or trace overlay). For digital entries, flattened text on PDF is acceptable, but original high res files should place text on a separate layer.

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