The longlist for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Tuesday 13 February 2018). Established in 2016, the Klaus Flugge Prize is awarded to the most promising and exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration. It honours publisher Klaus Flugge, founder of children’s publisher Andersen Press and a supremely influential figure in picture books.
This year more than fifty books were submitted for consideration; fifteen have made the longlist. Walker Books dominate with three titles on the longlist while Templar and last year’s winning publisher Flying Eye Books each have two. In total 11 publishers are represented including independents Childs Play and Barrington Stoke.
The judges for the 2018 prize are award-winning illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child; leading designer and art director Goldy Broad; Charlotte Colwill, head of children’s books at Foyles; and last year’s winner Francesca Sanna. The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.
Julia Eccleshare said: “We are very pleased that this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize attracted the highest number of entries yet and delighted to be putting these fifteen highly talented illustrators into the spotlight. From dragons to paper boats, a public swimming pool to Mars, the range of subjects and settings is hugely varied; techniques used to tell the different stories on our longlist range too from watercolour, lino-cut and two-colour screen printing to collage and skilful use of Photoshop. Klaus Flugge has always sought out and published illustrators from across the world and this is reflected in our longlist. Alongside illustrators born and based in the UK are those from the US, South Africa, Argentina, Japan, Russia and Bulgaria and it is fitting that this is such an international line up of artists.”
The shortlist will be announced on 16 May 2018 live at a special evening event at Foyles Charing Cross Road and the winner will be revealed on 12 September 2018.