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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award


2019 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Shortlist

The 2019 shortlist for the Gavin Bishop Award has been announced. Conggratulations to:
  • Lara Crowther, Hamilton;
  • Lily Emo, Nelson;
  • Amy Haarhoff, Palmerston North; 
  • Kathleen Richens, Rangiora;
  • Emily Walker, Auckland
The winner will be announced at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day in Auckland on 31 March.
Gavin Bishop


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The award is open to previously unpublished illustrators.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 digital or print format (i.e. one sold through online or physical 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.

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Entry form and Guidelines 2019

Entry Form

Entries for the next award close 30 November 2020.
You can make an electronic payment for your entry here.
NB: Members must be logged into the website to access the Members discounted entry fee.


2017 winner – book launched 2018

Granny McFlitter Champion Knitter cover image-418
Lael Chisholm, an 18-year-old freelance artist and designer from Feilding, won the prestigious Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration for 2017. 

At the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day, Penguin Random House publisher Harriet Allen launched Heather Haylock's Granny McFlitter the Champion Knitter, the book Lael illustrated as part of her award.

Speaking at the launch Gavin Bishop reiterated the sentiments he had expressed in announcing Lael's award win: “There is a career as a picture book artist ahead of this young woman if she wants to go in that direction.”

Lael was an outstanding student leader at Feilding High School, including dux for 2015. The sixth child in a family of 10, she began drawing from an early age. She developed an interest in illustration in her final years of schooling, attracted by the challenge of creating artwork that combined design, illustration and storytelling. Her long-term ambition is to write and illustrate her own picture books.

At Feilding High School’s Evento Wearable Art awards in 2014, contested by 11 local schools, Lael won the BNZ design scholarship for her entry in the Dr Seuss category.

Recipients of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award::




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