Longlist announced for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize

Ghosts, gardens, nudity and love: twenty debut picture books in the running for the illustration prize that highlights outstanding newcomers

Breadth of new talent cause for celebration

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The longlist for the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize is announced today (Thursday 11 February 2021). Established in 2016, 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 Jessica Love in 2019 for the ground-breaking Julian is a Mermaid, Francesca Sanna in 2017 for The Journey and Kate Milner for My Name is Not Refugee in 2018.

Eva Eland, 2020 winner with When Sadness Comes to Call, returns this year as a judge alongside celebrated illustrator Posy Simmonds; Darryl Clifton, Illustration Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts; Fleur Sinclair of the Sevenoaks Bookshop; and Mathew Tobin Senior Lecturer in English and Children's Literature, Oxford Brookes University. The panel will be chaired by Julia Eccleshare, director of the children’s programme of the Hay Festival.

Over fifty books were submitted, striking proof of publishers’ commitment to commissioning and developing new illustrators. 20 have made it onto the longlist.

Julia Eccleshare says: “We are excited to announce the longlist for this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize and to celebrate the wealth of talent in the world of picture book illustration. As ever, the books on the longlist represent an extraordinarily wide range of subjects and themes: friendship, love, family and our natural world are perennial subjects for books for young children but here too are night-time adventures, tales of daring, and a treatise on why it’s not rude to be nude. Though they are telling different stories and using a range of artistic techniques, the longlisted illustrators are all gifted storytellers. We are grateful as ever to Klaus Flugge for supporting the award and shining this spotlight on illustrators and illustration for children.”

Click here to see the longlist in full.

The shortlist will be announced on 19 May 2021 and the winner will be revealed in September.

For more information, interview requests and images contact Andrea Reece
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The Klaus Flugge Prize is funded personally by Klaus Flugge and run independently of Andersen Press.

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