2020 Stratford - Salariya Picture Book Prize Shortlist Announcement

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Stratford - Salariya Picture Book Prize! We had an incredible, record-breaking number of entries and have somehow managed to whittle it down to these final few, we would like to thank everyone who entered and say a big congratulations to those shortlisted!

The competition, which has been running now for four years, welcomes authors who have a wonderful story to tell and illustrators who can create charming images, suitable for children aged 0-5. With a cash prize of £1,000 up for grabs and the chance that our imprint 'Scribblers' may publish the winning story, this is the ideal competition for individuals who have a story to tell.

Every year a select panel of judges come together to judge the submissions, a shortlist is then announced for the final and overall winner is announced later on. Author submissions are judged on the quality of the story and illustator submissions are judged on the quality of the images, with a lesser focus on the quality of the story itself. Entries are also welcome from author-illustrators or author and illustrator pairs.

The overall winner will also gain career advice from a leading children's book agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary Festival. Without further ado, the shortlisted entrants are as follows:

The 2020 Shortlisted Entrants:
  • Phillippa and Rachael Corcutt - 'Tim the Toucan'
  • Joanna Ghosh - 'The Rock Giant'
  • Adelaide Leeder - 'The Hole Thing'
  • Phil Sheppard - 'The Worm Book'
  • Jo Surman - 'Snow?'
  • Kael Tudor - 'One Goose, Two Moose'
  • Jacqueline Waller - 'Bare Bernard'
  • Rob Lockton - 'There's a Gremlin in my Wardrobe'
The 2020 Judging Panel:
  • David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company
  • Annie Ashworth, Director of the Stratford Literary Festival
  • Philip Ardagh, prize-winning children's author
  • Rob Biddulph, multi-award winning author/illustrator and official World Book Day illustrator 2019/2020
  • Jodie Hodges of United Agents, literary agent for children's books
  • Jane Churchill, children's book event programmer
  • Tamsin Rosewell, bookseller at Kenilworth Books