Stratford - Salariya Picture Book Prize

The Stratford Literary Festival / Salariya Books Children's Picture Book Prize gives unpublished authors and / or illustrators a chance to see their story come to life!

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. 

Entries for the 2020 prize are open until 31st January 2020, entry information and the full terms and conditions can be found here:

2020 Prize T&C's 

Submissions that do not comply fully will not be considered. Entrants must not have agent representation.

 

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

Previous Winners and Shortlisted Entrants:
 

2019 Winner: (Published 2020)
 

Manlu Tu (Look, Daddy, Look). Manlu is a graduate of the Anglia Ruskin Cambridge School of Art and her charming story about a forgetful hedgehog, is due to be published by Salariya Imprint, Scribblers, in Spring 2020.

2019 Shortlisted Entrants:

  • Alison Gates

  • Kathryn Williams

  • Jo Dearden

  • Karen Swann

  • Kate Dalgleish

  • Mario Cano

  • Sarah Hand

  • Tabitha Marsh

 

The 2019 Judges were as follows:

  • David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company

  • Annie Ashworth, Director of The Stratford Literary Festival

  • Nick Butterworth, award-winning author/illustrator

  • Smriti Prasadam-Halls, children's author

  • Steven Lenton, children's author / illustrator

  • Tamsin Rosewell, bookseller at Kenilworth Books

  • Jodie Hodges of United Agents, literary agent for children's books

 

2018 Shortlisted Entrants: 

The overall prize was not awarded in 2018.

  • Alice Mercer

  • Alison Gates (Runner-up and highly commended).

  • Erin McClean

  • Hannah Moshtael

  • Katie Messenger

  • Shana Nieberg-Suschitzky (Runner-up and highly commended).

  • Tilly Matthews

  • Verity Robson

  • Viola Wang

 

The 2018 Judges were as follows:

  • David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company

  • Annie Ashworth, Director of The Stratford Literary Festival

  • Nick Butterworth, award-winning author/illustrator

  • Smriti Prasadam-Halls, children's author

  • Steven Lenton, children's author / illustrator

  • Vanessa Lewis, co-owner of the award-winning Book Nook Children's Bookshop in Hove

  • Jodie Hodges of United Agents, literary agent for children's books

 

2017 Winner: (Published 2018)
 

Camille Whitcher (Luna and the Moon Rabbit). Camille is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Arts Illustration MA and magical story based on a Far Eastern folk legend was published by Scribblers in 2018.

2017 Shortlisted Entrants:

  • Rosie Alabaster

  • Josephine Birch

  • Jon Dunleavy

  • Rosie Eve

  • Emma Graham

  • Emily Jones and Victoria Richards

  • Rachel Quarry

  • Holly Smith

  • Camille Whitcher

  • Chris Young

 

The 2017 Judges were as follows:

  • David Salariya, Founder and MD of The Salariya Book Company

  • Annie Ashworth, Director of The Stratford Literary Festival

  • Nick Butterworth and Sarah McIntrye, award-winning author/illustrators

  • Jodie Hodges of United Agents, literary agent for children's books

  • Tereze Brikmane, manager of the multi-award winning Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop

  • Ashley King, illustrator and bookseller at Waterstones

 

All blog posts related to the Stratford / Salariya Picture Book Prize can be found below:

2020 Prize Announcement Article (Stratford website): https://www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk/article/childrens-book-competition

2020 Prize Announcement Article (Salariya website): https://www.salariya.com/article/stratford-salariya-picture-book-prize-2020

2019 Winner Announcement and Interview with Manlu Tu: https://www.salariya.com/article/interview-winner-2019-stratford-salariya-picture-book-prize

2019 Prize Announcement Article (Salariya website): https://www.salariya.com/article/stratford-salariya-childrens-picture-book-prize-2019

Luna and the Moon Rabbit Blog Tour: https://www.salariya.com/article/luna-and-moon-rabbit-camille-whitcher-blog-tour-april-may-2018

2018 Prize Announcement Article (Salariya website): https://www.salariya.com/article/stratford-salariya-childrens-picture-book-prize-2018

2017 Winner Announcement Article: https://www.salariya.com/article/winner-stratford-salariya-childrens-picture-book-prize-2017-announced

2017 Prize Shortlist Announcement: https://www.salariya.com/article/stratford-salariya-picture-book-prize-2017-shortlist

2017 Prize Announcement Article: https://www.salariya.com/article/stratford-upon-avon-literary-festival-salariya-book-company-children’s-picture-book-prize