Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival & The Salariya Book Company Children’s Picture Book Prize 2017


The Prize

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, The Salariya Book Company have partnered with the Festival to launch a prize to find the next big children’s author/illustrator. The Prize will form part of the Festival’s 2017 Sharing Stories Project, to encourage reluctant readers and parents to read with their children, and will be announced by the Festival in April 2017.

The winning story will be published in jacketed hardback by The Salariya Book Company Ltd imprint, Scribblers, and be on sale in bookshops and via online book sale sites. The winner or winning team will also receive advice and guidance from the illustrator’s agent Jodie Hodges of United Agents plus an advance of £5000 against royalties.

judging panel includes
David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company; Annie
Ashworth, Director of The Stratford Literary Festival; the
award-winning author/illustrators Nick Butterworth and Sarah
McIntyre, who is also the Festival’s
Guest Children’s
Director for 2017, as well as Tereze Brikmane, manager of the Tales on Moon Lane
Bookshop, and Ashley
King, illustrator and bookseller at Waterstones.

Who is eligible to enter?

The Children’s Picture Book Prize 2017 is open to author/illustrators or author and illustrator teams aged 16 or over based in the UK who have not had a children’s picture book published and distributed online or in bookshops previously.

Submission Guidelines

1. The competition will run from Tuesday 1st November 2016 until 5.30pm on Thursday 12th January 2017. A shortlist of entrants will be drawn up and the winner will be announced by 23rd April 2017.

Unless rendered ineligible by the requirements outlined in the terms and conditions below, the competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 in the UK, except employees of The Salariya Book Company Ltd or Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, or anyone associated in any way with the competition.

2. Only one submission per person or team is permitted. Entries must be submitted via email.

All entries must be delivered digitally to: by 5.30pm on Thursday 12th January 2017. No entries will be accepted after that time.

Complete artwork must be submitted digitally. No original hard copy artwork will be accepted. Digital entries must be a single pdf with a separate page at the front that shows your names, address, phone number and email address.

The file name should only show your name(s). Submission file size should not exceed 10MB.

The organisers shall take no responsibility for any submissions that are misdirected or lost for technical or other reasons.

Submission criteria

3. Submissions must be entirely the entrant’s or entrants’ original work and not previously commercially published. The entrant(s) must not previously have had any children’s picture books commercially published, and must not be represented by a literary or illustrators’ agent. All submissions must be made by the entrant(s), and any submissions from agents will be disqualified. Submissions should contain no material that is defamatory, offensive or otherwise unsuitable.

4. Submissions should be a complete story, maximum 28 pages long. The story must be in English. It must be entirely original fiction, and be suitable for children aged 0-5. The text must not be a rhyme, as this is difficult to translate if the winning title were to be published in another language. Books with an ABC theme will not be accepted.

A PDF containing page layout instructions is available here.

5. Submissions must include two completed illustrations and sketches of the remaining drawings to accompany the story.

6. We will add end pages and cover. The submitted book must not contain any novelty items such as flaps. The page size of the finished book should not exceed 260mm in width or height.

7. There will be one prize winner (or winning team). The winning story will be published in jacketed hardback by The Salariya Book Company Ltd imprint ‘Scribblers’ and be on sale in bookshops and on line. The winner or winning team will also receive advice and guidance from the illustrator’s agent Jodie Hodges of United Agents at a time to be mutually agreed.

8. All entrants will retain all rights to their submissions, except in the case of the winner to whom a publishing contract will be extended. The winner will retain the copyright to the work and shall exclusively license worldwide publishing rights of the submission to The Salariya Book Company on completion of the publishing contract. The contract with the winning entrant will include a royalty advance of £5000 from The Salariya Book Company Ltd and will include full volume rights including film and television.

9. As the organisers of the prize, we reserve our right to use our professional experience and expertise to ensure the winning published title will be of the highest quality. This will include submission of the remaining drawings as final artwork, and might include editing the text where appropriate and requesting reasonable amends to illustrations where necessary.

10. The winning entrant will be informed by or during March 2017. If the entrant cannot be contacted by this time, or is unavailable, the organisers reserve the right to choose another winning entry from the submissions received.

The judges’ decision is final and no communications will be entered into regarding it. There is no alternative prize, cash or otherwise, available to the one stated.

11. In the unlikely event that none of the entries is found to be suitable, the organisers reserve the right not to award the Prize. The organisers also reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition if circumstances determine that it cannot be conducted as originally intended.

12. Entrants and the winner will bear sole responsibility for the payment of all taxes and other amounts due on the sums payable hereunder. All entrants, including the winner, agree to indemnify the Stratford Literary Festival and The Salariya Book Company regarding all claims which may be made against them in respect of such taxes or other amounts, as well as any costs which may be incurred by Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival or The Salariya Book Company in connection therewith.

13. Entrants, including the winner, agree by entering to permit the free use of their names, likenesses and general locations for publicity and promotional purposes during promotion of the prize by the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival or The Salariya Book Company. The winning entrant/s must agree to providing a recent photograph of themselves for use in the media. They must also be willing to be interviewed about the competition and the book by the media.

14. By submitting work to the competition, all entrants agree to abide by all of these terms and conditions. The organisers reserve the right to change the terms and conditions. The organisers also reserve the right to disqualify entrants and withhold the prize for violations of these terms and conditions. The Salariya Book Company Ltd. reserves the right to invite entrants to submit work for publication through its normal professional channels.

15. The competition is governed by English law and any dispute arising in relation to it is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.