Supporting the Children’s Book Illustrators of the Future

Terms & conditions

  1. The competition is open to all students, aged 18 or over, who are studying illustration and design in the UK in further or higher education during the academic year 2017/2018.
  2. All entrants must complete and submit the registration form.
  3. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
  4. The competition opens at 12:01 am GMT on 30th October 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm GMT on 6th April 2018 (the Entry Period).
  5. The top 5 entries will be selected from the correct entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions and based on the criteria set out in “The Brief”. Each of these entrants will be invited to show their portfolio of work to Art Directors from Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) for feedback and advice.
  6. The winner and two runners up will be selected from the top 5 entries and will receive the following prizes: Winner – £1000 PLUS £500 towards end of year/degree show; First runner up – £500; Second runner up – £250. In addition, the winner may be selected to work with Hodder Children’s Books (an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton Ltd and part of HCG) on the final illustrations for Sophie The Sea Otter
  7. If the winner is selected to work with Hodder Children’s Books on the final illustrations for Sophie The Sea Otter or an offer to publish is made to any entrant, it may include an advance against the royalties earned. Any advance paid in these circumstances would be in addition to any prize money received by the entrant.
  8. The selection of the top 5 entries and the subsequent selection of the winner and runners up from these top 5 entries will be made by a panel of judges comprising Peter Bently, HCG Creative Director, an HCG Publishing Director, plus 2 leading figures in the field of children’s book publishing, whose decision will be final.
  9. Entrants may see all or part of their entries posted on the HCG website and possibly other websites and Twitter accounts.
  10. By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) thesubmission  contains the entrant’s own original work; and (ii) nothing in the submission is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another’s right. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in the competition and from winning any prize.
  11. By entering the competition, you hereby grant to HCG (contracting as Hodder & Stoughton Limited and Watts Publishing Group Limited) a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use your entry in connection with the competition, in any manner and in all medium now known or hereinafter devised.For the avoidance of doubt, HCG is under no obligation to make any use of your entry and HCG shall make no payment to you for any use of your entry.
  12. Physical artwork should be delivered, by safe and secure means, (ie by hand or courier), between 9.30am- 5.00pm, Monday-Friday, between 2nd-6th April 2018 to: Carmelite Prize, Hachette Children’s Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ. HCG will not be responsible for loss or damage to entries incurred during delivery. Digital submissions should be emailed to at any time during the Entry Period. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
  13. All work should be clearly labelled with entrant’s full name, contact details including email address and telephone number.
  14. Entrants will be able to collect artwork between 9.30am- 5.00pm, Tuesday-Friday, between 1st and 4th May 2018. Alternatively, HCG will return artwork to entrants’ colleges by courier.
  15. We reserve the right to use all the submissions received on our website, our Facebook pages and on our other social networking sites.We will try to include the name of the entrant but this may not always be possible.
  16. HCG is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed
  17. HCG reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competitionwithout notice.
  18. The winner and runners up will be announced on the HCG website on 27th April 2018 and shall be contacted directly by email (or by phone if specified on registration form).
  19. The email addresses of entrants may be shared with companies within the Hachette group of companies but will not be shared with other companies outside the group.It will be used by the Hachette companies to send you news about our books, products and promotions.  You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news from us.
  20. By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. This competition is being organised by HCG, contracting as Hodder & Stoughton Limited and Watts Publishing Group Limited.
  22. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and Conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.