Supporting the children’s book illustrators of the future

Terms & conditions

    1. This competition is being organised by Hodder & Stoughton Limited (on behalf of Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group) of Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ (the “Company”).


    1. This is a competition to illustrate a children’s picture book text called “One and Only” by Jeanne Willis in accordance with the competition brief. 


    1. The competition will be judged by a panel of judges including the author, Jeanne Willis, the Hachette Children’s Group CEO, the Hachette Children’s Group Creative Director, the Hachette Children’s Group Picture Book Publisher, the Hachette Children’s Group Picture Book Art Director and at least one other figure from the field of children’s book publishing. The judging panel’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.


    1. The top five entries will be selected by the judging panel from all entries properly submitted and received in accordance with these terms and conditions and will be judged based on the criteria set out in the competition brief. The winner and two runners up will then be selected from the top five entries by the judging panel and will receive the following prizes:


    Winner – £1000 plus £500 will be donated to the winner’s end of year/degree show or, if the winner is a Pathways mentee, £500 will be donated to their Bologna 2021 show


    First runner up – £500


    Second runner up – £250


    1. The top five entrants will be invited to show their portfolio of work to Art Directors from Hachette Children’s Group for feedback and advice. This does not form part of the selection process for the competition.


    1. The Company may (at its sole discretion) offer the winner a publishing contract in respect of illustrating the full text of “One and Only” (or any other book agreed between the Company and the winner). For the avoidance of doubt, the Company shall have no obligation to offer the winner a publishing contract.


    1. The competition is open to: (i) all students, who are aged 18 or over on 3 April 2020, who are studying illustration and design in the UK in further or higher education during the academic year 2019/2020; and (ii) all current Pathways mentees, except employees of any company in the Hachette UK group, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.


    1. 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.


    1. There is no purchase necessary to enter the competition.


    1. The competition opens at 12:01am GMT on 28 October 2019 and closes at 11:59pm GMT on 3 April 2020 (the “Entry Period”). Digital submissions should be emailed to at any time during the Entry Period. Physical artwork should be delivered, by safe and secure means (i.e. by hand or courier) between 9.30am-5.00pm between 1 April and 3 April 2020 (inclusive) to: Carmelite Prize, Hachette Children’s Group, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ. The Company is not responsible for any loss or damage caused to entries during delivery. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.


    1. All work should be clearly labelled with entrant’s full name, contact details including email address and telephone number. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.


    1. All entrants must complete and submit the registration form found on the competition’s website at:



    1. The entrants with the top five entries will be contacted directly by email or phone (as specified on the registration form) by 14 April 2020 to invite them to the announcement party to be held at the Company’s offices at Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ on 30 April 2020, where the winner and two runners up will be announced. The winner and runners up will also be announced on the competition’s website ( on 1 May 2020. The winner and runners up may also see their names posted on Hachette Children’s Group’s website and social media accounts and in “The Bookseller” magazine and other trade press.


    1. The Company will make available the name of the winner and runners up to any one who requests this information by writing to the Company at the address shown above.


    1. Entrants will be able to collect physical artwork between 9.30am-5.00pm GMT between 4 and 7 May 2020 (inclusive). Alternatively, if requested, the Company will return physical artwork to entrants’ colleges by courier (at the Company’s cost).


    1. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes or cancel the competition without notice but will try to avoid creating any undue disappointment. If a top five entrant, runner up or the winner cannot be contacted, the Company reserves the right to select another entrant in his/her place. If the winner or either runner up cannot attend the announcement party on 30 April 2020 for any reason, the Company will ensure that he/she receives his/her prize.


    1. By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) nothing in your entry 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.


    1. By entering the competition, you hereby grant to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty free, worldwide and for all languages, licence to copy, adapt, edit, distribute, publish, sublicense, and in any and all other ways use your entry in connection with the competition, in any manner and in all media now known or hereinafter devised. For the avoidance of doubt, the Company is under no obligation to make any use of your entry and the Company shall make no payment to you for any use of your entry.


    1. The Company reserves the right to use all the submissions received on its websites, its Facebook pages and on its other social networking sites. The Company will use reasonable endeavours to include your name in connection with any use of your competition entry wherever practicable but you acknowledge that this may not always be possible.


    1. The Company is the data controller of Personal Data that it collects in the course of running the competition and will use the Personal Data in accordance with the Hachette Children’s Group Privacy Notice. The Company will use such Personal Data for the purposes of running the competition and delivering any prize(s) and will delete it after a reasonable period from the end of the competition. “Personal Data” means names of entrants and other details provided by them (e.g. email addresses, telephone numbers) for the competition. The Company will not share such Personal Data with any third parties except for the purpose of delivering the prize(s) and announcing the names of the winner and runners up in “The Bookseller” and other trade press.


    1. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.


    1. 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.