Children’s laureate Chris Riddell and illustrator Tony Ross are amongst the judges for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, launched last month by Andersen Press.
The judges of the £5,000 prize, which is for debut picture book illustrators, will also include professor Martin Salisbury of the Cambridge School of Art and Ferelith Hordon, editor of Books for Keeps. Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of the Guardian, will chair the panel.
The prize was created to honour the career of Klaus Flugge, who founded Andersen Press 40 years ago.
Ross, who has published several books with Flugge, said: “I am delighted to be a judge on this exciting and much-needed new award. UK publishers have an outstanding record in discovering and nurturing talented picture book artists, none more so than Klaus Flugge, who has been hugely important in my career and that of so many other picture book creators.”
The prize is now open for submissions. Publishers can enter up to five picture books, first published on a children’s list in the UK in 2015, per imprint, via the prize’s website.
The deadline for entries is 18th March. The shortlist will be announced on 18th May and the winner will be revealed in September.