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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award

Entries open for 2021 Gavin Bishop Award

We are now calling for entries from previously unpublished illustrators to submit a storyboard, a page of rough drawings and two pieces of finished art to demonstrate their potential to fully illustrate The Lighthouse Princess, the first children's story by Otago poet, reviewer and academic Susan Wardell.

See below for links to the entry forms, storyboard and text.
 
Susan Wardell is author of the text for the 2021 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award
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Background

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The award is open to previously unpublished illustrators.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 either by self publishing or a publishing house 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 is allowable. (If in doubt, illustrators should seek a ruling from Storylines.)  Eligibility criteria are stated on the Entry Form.

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Storylines administers the award, and Penguin Random House New Zealand is the sponsor. The winner receives a $1,500 monetary prize, mentoring and support from celebrated children’s author and illustrator, Gavin Bishop, and 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 National Awards Day in April.  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. See below for details, and the text and storyboard for the 2021 award.

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Entry form and Guidelines 2021

Guidelines
Entry Form
Manuscript
Storyboard

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.
Recipients of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award:
Read more about previous winners here.
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