Children's Book Competition

Winner of the 2019 Stratford Literary Festival/Salariya Books Children's Picture Book Competition

Manlu Tu
Aged 28, MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art

‘This was an ideal bedtime story, mixing humour, beautifully-executed illustrations, a little bit of suspense and danger in the middle, and a comforting resolution. It reminded me of some of my favourite children’s picture books, such as The Bear Under The Stairs. It is the kind of story that a child and parent can enjoy reading together again and again.’
David Salariya, Publsiher, Salariya Books

Runners-up: Sarah Hand and Karen Swann

Congralulations to those who were shorlisted:
Jo Dearden
Kate Dalgleish
Alison Gates
Tabitha Marsh
Maria Rodriguez
Kathryn Williams

The Competition was open to unpublished Children’s Author and/or Illustrators

First prize: £1000

The details:

Entries are welcomed from authors who have a wonderful story to tell that is suitable for children aged 0-5, or from illustrators who can create charming images for that age group.
Author submissions will be judged on the quality of the story.
Illustrator submissions will be judged on the quality of the images and with a lesser focus on the quality of the story.
We also welcome stories with illustrations from author-illustrators or author and illustrator pairs.

The Competition:

  • Prize of £1000
  • Open to previously unpublished authors and/or illustrators
  • Salariya Books imprint, Scribblers, has an option to publish the winning story
  • Prize includes career advice from a leading children’s book agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary Festival

Final date for submissions: 5.30pm on Thursday, 31st January 2019

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
Tamsin Rosewell, Bookseller, Kenilworth Books

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. Please note entrants must not have agent representation.

Our 2017 winner, Camille Whitcher, a graduate of the Cambridge School of Arts Illustration MA, had her book Luna and The Moon Rabbit, a magical story based on a Far Eastern folk legend, published by Scribblers, an imprint of The Salariya Book Company Ltd.

We did not offer the prize in 2018.

Questions about entry criteria can be emailed here.