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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

Gavin_Bishop.jpg2017 winner and shortlist

The judges have announced the shortlist and winner of the 2017 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award.
The shortlist is:
  • Sarah Cant
  • Lael Chisholm
  • Emily Walker
  • Emma Scheltema
  • Lily Emo
  • Minrui Lang
  • Rebecca Gibbs
  • Sarah Greig
The winner is Lael Chisholm of Fielding. Lael will receive her award, and the shortlisted entrants will receive certificates at the Storylines Margarget Mahy Day on 2 April.


The Storylines Gavin Bishop Award was established in 2009. The award aims to encourage the publication of new and exciting high-quality picture books from new New Zealand illustrators. It also recognises the contribution Gavin Bishop has made to the writing and illustrating of children’s picture books and gives an emerging talent the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.

The award is open to previously unpublished illustrators. It not open to any illustrator who has had a picture book, either fiction or non-fiction for either children, young adults or adults published in print or digital format (i.e. one sold through physical or online bookstores) or in the process of publication. Previous publication by the illustrator in school readers and similar educational material; magazine articles; anthologies; or any self-publishing where the print run is under 300 copies, is allowable. (If in doubt, illustrators should seek a ruling from Storylines.)  Eligibility criteria are stated on the Entry Form.

Penguin Random House New Zealand is the sponsor and Storylines administers the award. The winner receives a $1,500 monetary prize and mentoring and support from celebrated children’s author and illustrator, Gavin Bishop, and may also receive an offer of publication by Penguin Random House New Zealand.

The award is biennial, with the presentation of the award made at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Day in March. 

Applications will next be called for an award to be made in 2019. Each entrant is required to submit a storyboard, a page of rough drawings and two pieces of finished art to fit with text provided by Penguin Random House.

You can view the guidelines, entry form, manuscript and storyboard for 2016. Entries for the next award close 30 November 2018.

You can make a payment for your entry here.
NB: Members must be logged into the website to access the Members entry fee.
Previous recipients of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award are:


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