Hachette Children’s opens Carmelite Prize for student illustrators

Hachette Children’s opens Carmelite Prize for student illustrators

Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) is offering a student the chance to illustrate a picture book by Cressida Cowell, thanks to a new competition.

The Carmelite Prize is named after the Hachette UK’s new premises, Carmelite House, and the award is the brainchild of HCG c.e.o. Hilary Murray Hill, who said it “demonstrates [HCG’s] commitment to recognising innovative work from new illustrators”. She added: “Publishing stellar picture books is an integral part of our business.”

The winning student, who must be enrolled on a further education course in design or illustration in the UK, will be given £1,000 and considered as the illustrator of Cowell’s forthcoming The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily, which is about an adventurous cat.

Illustrators are being asked to enter the prize at CarmelitePrize.co.uk, and they will then be sent the text, which will be split over 12 double-page spreads. Entrants must submit roughs for eight spreads and final artwork for four; any medium can be used, although illustrations with novelty elements or 3D structures are ineligible. Submissions should be emailed as a low-resolution PDF to carmeliteprize@hachettechildrens.co.uk.

Submissions close on 15th April and a group of industry judges, including Cowell, will choose the winner (to be announced 29th April). The top five entrants will also be invited to show their portfolios to a panel of art directors at HCG.

The publication date, format and price of The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily will be announced in due course, a HCG spokesperson said.