The 2019 prize invited applicants to submit book materials — including cover, storyboard and spread designs — to the theme of ‘Where I Come From’, aimed at pre-school children up to 12 years. This year’s judging panel included Templar illustrators Jonny Duddle, Lara Hawthorne, Lucia Gaggiotti and Frann Preston-Gannon.
The 2019 shortlist is:
Smaranda Elena Pirlog
Jane Harris, MD of Children’s Trade at Bonnier Books UK, said: “We would like to thank all of the illustrators for submitting their fantastic work. The quality of the submissions is incredibly high and it has been a tough process to reach the shortlist.”
The winning entry will be announced in September 2019 and will receive £750 as well as being considered for publication by Templar.