Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, in partnership with Penguin Random House, has opened its call for entries from previously unpublished illustrators to enter the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award. Entrants are asked to submit a storyboard, a page of rough drawings and two pieces of finished art to demonstrate their potential to fully illustrate a new picture book.
The award is biennial, with the presentation of the award made at the Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day in April the following year.
The book selected for illustration this year is The Lighthouse Princess, the first children’s story by Susan Wardell, an Otago poet, reviewer and academic. Susan is delighted that Penguin Random House has chosen her book, and says, "As a first-time children's author, I am so delighted to be a part in this process of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award. I think it will be fascinating to see how many different directions the different illustrators can take the story in!
“It will be really special to have my story paired with illustrations by someone else who is also new to the publishing industry, and experiencing the same giddy joy as I am at the idea of children all around the country holding a real book, with our names on it."
The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award was established in 2009. The award aims to encourage the publication of new and exciting high-quality picture books from new New Zealand illustrators. It recognises the contribution celebrated children’s author and illustrator Gavin Bishop has made to writing and illustrating children’s picture books, and gives an emerging talent the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.
The award is open only to previously unpublished illustrators. It is not open to any illustrator who has had a picture book, either fiction or non-fiction for either children, young adults or adults published in digital or print format or in the process of publication. The eligibility criteria are detailed on the Storylines website.
Storylines administers the award, and Penguin Random House New Zealand is the sponsor. The winner receives a $1,500 monetary prize, mentoring and support from Gavin Bishop, and an offer of publication by Penguin Random House New Zealand.
"Everyone’s a winner in the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for new illustrators. Well, yes, there is only one main winner who gets some money and has a picture book published by Penguin Random House, but all those on the shortlist have their work exhibited in a special exhibition that travels the country. In past years many shortlisted illustrators have picked up commissions from this valuable exposure,” explains Gavin Bishop.
Entries are now open for the 2021 award, with submissions due by 30 November 2020.
For entry forms, eligibility criteria and guidelines please click here.