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Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Entry Form

Storylines Gavin Bishop Award Entry Form

Entries to be received by 5.00pm on 30 November each year

Proudly sponsored by Penguin Random House New Zealand

This form (including declaration) must be completed in full and must accompany your link to download your artwork.  Please make sure you read and complete the Entry Requirements checklist.

Entry Fees

Please note that the entry fee for Storylines members is $20, the entry fee for students is $20, and the entry fee for non-members is $40. If you are paying by credit card, a small surcharge applies. 

Entry Fee: $20.00
Entry Fee: $20.80
Entry Fee: $20.00
Entry Fee: $20.80
Entry Fee: $40.00
Entry Fee: $41.30

Entry Requirements

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  1. Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited will be under no obligation to publish the winning entry should it be deemed to not satisfy the requirements for a commercially successful picture book in the New Zealand market.
  2. Should Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited choose to publish the winning entry, the winning artist will be required to sign a separate publishing agreement with Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited covering the book’s publication.
  3. The judges reserve the right to not announce a winner if no entries of a high enough standard are received.


I have read and understood the following eligibility criteria:

  1. I am normally a resident in New Zealand and a New Zealand citizen by birth, naturalisation or immigration, or have held a Permanent Residence Permit in New Zealand for a period of at least TWO (2) years at the closing date for submissions. New Zealand citizens or permanent residents as defined here but who are living overseas temporarily are eligible if their absence is for LESS than two (2) years at the closing date for submissions.
  2. I have not applied for or received any financial assistance towards this project.
  3. These illustrations are not being considered for publication by another company or organisation.
  4. I have not illustrated any previously published trade picture book in print or digital format, nor one in the process of publication. (NB: the award is open to previously unpublished illustrators. It is 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 small publishing house) in either print or digital format for trade (books sold through normal retail or online bookstores) or for educational purposes (such as school readers) or be anywhere in the process of publication.
  5. The artwork is my own, original work and has not been published in any format previously.
  6. All submissions will be treated in confidence and remain the intellectual property of the illustrator; however the provided text is copyright to the author and may not be used by entrants beyond the scope of the Award
  7. Once an entry has been submitted no other correspondence will be entered into and I cannot request any alteration to my work after it has been submitted.
  8. I understand that should I be notified as the winner, this will be kept confidential until the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day.
  9. I understand that the winning illustrations will be subject to Penguin Random House New Zealand’s normal editing processes.
  10. All entries MAY be used in a non-commercial way or be toured nationally to promote the Award or the artist.
  11. The winner will be required to provide a photograph and short biography for media publicity and the Storylines website.
  12. I understand that the award is judged ‘blind’. Therefore my name does not appear on any part of my artwork. 
  13. I declare that the details given on the entry form are correct and I have not used a nom de plume.
  14. I understand that my manuscript is not eligible if it does not comply with the above.


Please enter your name below as a signature for this award entry, this confirms that you have agreed to our full terms and conditions of entry.

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