The V&A Illustrations Awards 2018 – the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition – has just opened.
Now’s the time for illustrators to enter for the chance to win up to £8,000 – and join an illustrious list of past winners such as Ralph Steadman, Posy Simmonds, Sara Fanelli, Yasmeen Ismail and Quentin Blake.
The V&A Illustration Awards, which have been running since 1972, is the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competition recognising the very best in book, editorial and student illustration. They have included a student category since 2005. Each year, the winning books are added to the holdings of the National Art Library and can be accessed in the Library’s Reading Rooms.
Entry to the V&A Illustration Awards is free and takes place via the online entry form only; the categories are Book Cover Design,
Book Illustration and Editorial Illustration (newspapers and magazines).
The winner in each category receives £3,000 and a trophy. The judges will also select an overall winner to receive the 2018 Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the year prize and an additional £5000.
Winners may also be commissioned to produce publicity artwork for the Museum.
The winner of the Student Illustrator of the Year Prize will receive £3,000 and a trophy. The Student Runner-Up will receive £2,000 and a trophy.
The closing date for submissions is Monday 18th December 2017 at 1700 and the winning works will be shown at the V&A in a public display opening on 16 May 2018.
The Awards are supported by the Enid Linder Foundation, with further financial support from Edwin Davies CBE, the Sackler Trust, the Ruddock Foundation for the Arts and the Headley Trust.