Submissions are now open for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2020.

The Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books who, over his long career, has nurtured many top illustrators including David McKee, Tony Ross, Ruth Brown, Satoshi Kitamura and Chris Riddell.

This is the fifth year of this influential award, and the 2020 judges have been named as illustrator Mini Grey; Pam Smy of Anglia Ruskin University; Meera Ghanshamdas, bookseller at Moon Lane Ink; children’s book consultant Jake Hope; and 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Jessica Love.

Publishers have until the closing date, midnight Monday 30 December 2019, to make their submissions. Eligible illustrators may have created book covers, or illustration for other media, or illustrated books in another genre - for example, poetry or fiction - but eligibility for the prize requires that this is her or his first picture book for children. The book should have been first published on a children’s list in the UK between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Books first published in another country must have been co-published in the UK within three months of the original publication date.

The Klaus Flugge Prize was launched in 2016. The 2019 prize was won by Jessica Love for her book Julian is a Mermaid published by Walker Books. Previous winners are Nicholas John Frith, who won the inaugural prize with Hector and Hummingbird, published by Alison Green Books; Francesca Sanna who won in 2017 for The Journey, published by Flying Eye Books; and Kate Milner who won the 2018 prize with My Name is Not Refugee published by Barrington Stoke.

‘We are delighted to be inviting submissions for the fifth Klaus Flugge Prize’, said Julia Eccleshare, ‘This important award celebrates the work of talented new illustrators and puts children’s book illustration in the spotlight.’

The winner receives a cheque for £5,000.

The submission form and full criteria can be found here.

For further information contact:

Andrea Reece
Administrator Klaus Flugge Prize
020 8889 1292 / 07807893369

Media enquiries to:

Andrea Reece
020 8889 1292 / 07807893369


The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.

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