Children's Picture Book Competition



It is with regret that the Directors of Stratford Literary Festival and The Salariya Book Company have decided not to award the Children’s Picture Book Prize this year. The winner who was selected is now not eligible to win the prize.

Alison Gates
Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky


The Competition:

  • Open to previously unpublished authors and illustrators
  • The winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers
  • Prize includes a £5000 advance against royalties and career advice from a leading children's book agent

Final date for submissions: 5.30pm on Monday, 5th March 2018

The Judges:
David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company
Annie Ashworth, Director of The Stratford Literary Festival
The award winning author/illustrator Nick Butterworth
Children’s author Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Children’s author/illustrator Steven Lenton
Literary agent for children’s books Jodie Hodges of United Agents
Vanessa Lewis, co-owner of the award-winning Book Nook Children’s Bookshop, Hove.

Terms and Conditions of entry:

These can be downloaded here. Please read them carefully before submitting your entry. Submissions that do not comply fully will not be considered


This year’s winner, Camille Whitcher, a graduate of the Cambridge School of Arts Illustration MA, will have her book Luna and The Moon Rabbit, a magical story based on a Far Eastern folk legend, published in April 2018 with a launch reception in London and an event at the Stratford Literary Festival.

Questions about entry criteria can be emailed here.

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