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Hachette NZ is delighted to announce the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize is returning for 2020. Margaret Mahy’s books have entertained and enthralled generations of NZ readers and this prize offers the opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s heart-warming story, The Boy who Made Things Up, which has never before been published as a picture book.

Previously unpublished NZ Illustrators are invited to interpret this fun filled story which celebrates dads everywhere. The Margaret Mahy Estate and Hachette NZ encourage the illustrators to think as creatively as possible. While the Margaret Mahy Estate, and Hachette NZ are looking for a distinctly New Zealand feel, The Boy Who Made Things Up could be set in another time or in a magical land.

Working closely with the Margaret Mahy Estate, Hachette NZ will award a $1000 cash prize, a $500 library of books and the opportunity for this project to be developed into a published picture book.

The inaugural Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize was awarded to Sarah Greig in 2019 for her submission of The Boy With Two Shadows, which will be published later this year. Greig said “Knowing that I have the support of Margaret Mahy's family and Hachette publishing has given me the confidence I needed pursue a career in children’s book illustration. I still can’t quite believe it happened!”

How to Enter:

Register to enter below. Once registered we will email you the text for the story and instructions on how to submit your illustrations. You have until 12pm Thursday 30th July 2020 to submit your entry.

Your submission will need to fit the following specifications:

  • A storyboard* consisting of 15 spreads** and final artwork for 2 spreads.
  • There is a choice of two formats for the finished book: 250mm x 250mm or 250mm (high) x 180mm (wide). Please choose the format best suited to your style.
  • Artwork must be created in spreads, at 100% size, or up to 30% larger, allowing at least 5mm bleed.
  • Any medium may be used, but final artwork must be flat so it can be scanned. Illustrations with novelty elements or 3D structures will not be eligible.
  • Entry should be submitted digitally as one low res PDF. File size must be no larger than 100MB.

  • Original artwork should be created in high res should your entry be successful and selected for print.
  • Flattened text on a PDF is acceptable, but original high res files should place text on a separate layer. Text should be in black, either typed or handwritten.
  • •Please ensure the file is labelled with your full name as follows: firstname_lastname.pdf.

*A storyboard is a visual narrative layout. It verifies that text, pacing and plot work within the picture book format.

**A spread is made up of 2 facing pages. It might have many pictures on it, or one big illustration stretching across the two pages.

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