Klaus Flugge Prize 2021 opens for submissions

Posy Simmonds and 2020 winner Eva Eland head judging panel

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 sixth year of this influential award, and the 2021 judges have been named as illustrator Posy Simmonds MBE; Darryl Clifton Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts; Fleur Sinclair of the Sevenoaks Bookshop; Mathew Tobin Senior Lecturer in English and Children's Literature, Oxford Brookes University; and 2020 Klaus Flugge Prize winner Eva Eland.

Publishers have until the closing date, midnight Thursday 31 December 2020, 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 2020. 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 2020 prize was won by Eva Eland for her book When Sadness Comes to Call published by Andersen Press. 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; Kate Milner who won the 2018 prize with My Name is Not Refugee published by Barrington Stoke; and Jessica Love who won in 2019 with Julian is a Mermaid.

Chair of the judges, Julia Eccleshare says, ‘We are excited to be inviting submissions for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize and grateful as ever to Klaus Flugge for his support. This important award continues to celebrate 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 more information, interview requests and images contact Andrea Reece
020 8889 1292/ 07807893369

Visit the Klaus Flugge Prize YouTube channel to browse artwork and new books by previous winners, and to take a look into the sketchbooks of the illustrators on the 2020 shortlist.


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

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