Longlist announced for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize
Sixteen debut picture books in the running for the illustration prize that highlights the most talented newcomers
Diverse range of styles and subjects in the fifth year of the prize
The longlist for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Thursday 13 February 2020). Now in its fifth year, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours Klaus Flugge, founder of publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.
Previous Klaus Flugge Prize winners include Kate Milner for My Name is Not Refugee and Jessica Love in 2019 for the ground-breaking Julian is a Mermaid. The longlist for this year’s award features an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects: fantasy and dreamscape alongside real-world adventure; narrative non-fiction and lyrical depictions of the natural world; comic escapades and stories that allow children to explore and understand their feelings and emotions.
The judges for the 2020 prize are award-winning illustrator Mini Grey; Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink; children’s book consultant Jake Hope; Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University; and 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Jessica Love. The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.
Julia Eccleshare said: “The Klaus Flugge Prize was established to put the most talented new picture book illustrators in the spotlight and to celebrate the way they reflect the world, and stimulate children’s imagination and understanding. We are very excited to announce this year’s longlist which fully reflects the wealth of talent and variety in the world of picture book illustration.”
The shortlist will be announced on 19 May 2020 by Mini Grey at a special public event at Foyles Charing Cross Road and the winner will be revealed on 16 September 2020.
The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.