Macmillan prize incorporates digital

Macmillan prize incorporates digital

The Macmillan Prize, which rewards illustration, has introduced a digital category for the first time, with the deadline approaching on 11th May.

The prize now has two separate categories, one for a physical picture book, and one rewarding a storyboard for an enhanced e-book. Students must show interactions such as simple animation, sound effects, tap-and-response effects and other multimedia such as video and audio. The winners of both categories will receive £1,000 and the chance to be published by Macmillan Children's Books.

An additional prize, The Lara Jones Award, is worth £500, and is given in memory of the creator of the hugely popular Poppy Cat series for the illustrator of books for babies or very young children who "demonstrates the most promise".

The judging panel is chaired by publishing director for Illustrated Publishing Macmillan Children's Books, Suzanne Carnell, with the other judges being children's book illustrators Emily Gravett and Polly Dunbar; children's bookseller Julie Gamble of Blackwell Edinburgh; Lorna Bradbury, children's reviewer at the Daily Telegraph; and Pan Macmillan digital director Sara Lloyd.

The prizes will be awarded on 28th May at Foyles Gallery, with the winners' and highly-commended students' work to be exhibited there from 28th May to 1st June.