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Hachette New Zealand is delighted to launch the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. Margaret Mahy’s books have entertained and enthralled generations of NZ readers and this prize offers the unique opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s 1971 classic, The Boy with Two Shadows.

Illustrators are invited to interpret this iconic story of a witch asking a young boy to mind her shadow while she goes on holiday. Think as creatively as possible, for example, The Boy with Two Shadows could be The Girl with Two Shadows or the setting could move to the future or to a mythical 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 Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize is part of a year long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of A Lion in the Meadow.

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 Friday, 26 July 2019 to submit your entry. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday, 8 August 2019 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, 29 August 2019.

Your submission will need to fit the following specifications:

  • Roughs for 11 spreads and final artwork for 4 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 that it can be scanned. Illustrations with novelty elements or 3D structures will not be eligible.
  • Artwork should be supplied digitally as one low res PDF. File size must be no larger than 10MB.
  • 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.

Terms and Conditions

1. This competition is being organised by Hachette New Zealand of Level 2, 23 O’Connell Street, Auckland 1010 (the Company)

2. This is a competition to illustrate a Margaret Mahy picture book text called The Boy with Two Shadows (the Book) in accordance with the competition brief.
3. The competition will be judged by a panel of judges including a member of the Margaret Mahy Estate and industry professionals. The judging panel’s decision will be final and in their absolute discretion, and no further correspondence will be entered into. The Company reserves the right not to award any prize or to short-list any entries (including on the basis that entries are not of a publishable quality).
4. The top five entries will be selected by the judging panel from all entries properly submitted and received in accordance with these terms and conditions and will be based on the criteria set out in the competition brief. The winner and two runners-up will then be selected from the top five entries by the judging panel and will receive the following prizes:
Winner – $1000 plus a collection of books valued at $500
Two runners-up – a collection of books valued at $250
If the judges believe that there are two works of equal merit that deserve to win, they reserve the right to divide the prize money equally.
In addition, the winner may be invited to work with Hachette New Zealand on the final illustrations for a published edition of The Boy/Girl with Two Shadows.
5. The collection of books for runners-up will comprise Hachette books of your choice, not including titles published under the Phaidon imprint, selected from the list of titles available on our website. Books will be sent to the nominated postal addresses of the winner and runners-up. If a title selected is not available, the winner/runner-up will be given the option to select an alternative. All books must be selected within 3 months of 29 August 2019.
6. The Company may (at its sole discretion) offer the winner a publishing contract to illustrate the full text of A Boy with Two Shadows or A Girl with Two Shadows (or any other book agreed between the Company and the winner). The Company will have 3 months from the announcement of the winner in which to exercise this option. Should the Company wish to publish your work, you agree to negotiate in good faith with the Company to acquire and publish your work on reasonable commercial terms. For the avoidance of doubt, the Company shall have no obligation to offer the winner a publishing contract.
7. If your entry is in the top five entries you grant the Company the first option to consider the illustrations for publication on reasonable commercial terms and you agree to consider and negotiate those terms in good faith.
8. The competition is open to New Zealand residents, aged 18 and over, except employees of Hachette New Zealand, their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.
9. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.
10. The entrant must be a previously unpublished illustrator (though publication in the form of an anthology, scholarly reference book, literary journal or self-publishing venture does not exclude you from entering). If you have previously self-published, your entry must be new and unpublished work.
11. The competition opens at 9.01am NZST on Friday, 29 March 2019 and closes at 12.00pm on Friday, 26 July 2019 NZST (the ‘Entry Period’). Digital submissions should be emailed to at any time during the Entry Period. Any entries received outside of these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.
12. All artwork should be clearly labelled with the entrant’s full name and contact details, including an email address and telephone number. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
13. All entrants must complete and submit the registration form found below.
14. The top five entrants will be contacted directly by email or phone by 8 August 2019. The winner and two runners-up will be contacted directly by email or phone by 29 August 2019. The top five entries will be announced on the competition’s website on 8 August 2019. The winner and runners-up will also be announced on the competition’s website on 29 August 2019. The winner and runners-up may also see their names posted on the Company’s website and social media accounts and in the media.
15. If a top-five entrant, runner-up or the winner cannot be contacted, the Company reserves the right to select another entrant in his/her place. If the winner or either runner-up cannot attend the announcement party on 29 August 2019 for any reason, the Company will ensure that he/she receives his/her prize.
16. By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) you meet the entry criteria for the prize, (ii) your entry is your own original work; (iii) except in relation to any text from the Book you incorporate in your entry, you wholly own and control all rights in the entry; (iv) you will not publish or authorise the publication of the entry until at least after the announcement of the winner (or, in the case of the winner, until ; and (v) nothing in your entry is defamatory, an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of any other right or obligation (including privacy). Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in the competition and from winning any prize.
17. The copyright in your entry shall remain your intellectual property, and your moral rights as a creator will, in line with publishing industry practice, be recognised and respected.
18. By entering the competition, you grant the Company an irrevocable free licence to use and authorise the use of your entry in connection with the competition and future competitions (including to record, document and promote the competition and to announce and promote you as a shortlisted illustrator, or as a runner up or winner, and including online and on social media). For the avoidance of doubt, the Company is under no obligation to use any entry.
19. The Company will use reasonable endeavours to include your name in connection with any use of your competition entry wherever practicable, but you acknowledge that this may not always be possible.
20. If an entrant’s work is the winner of any other prize or is accepted for publication prior to the announcement of the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize, the entrant must notify the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize in writing as soon as possible, and their work will be ineligible for the Prize and withdrawn from the judging process.
21. If you win, you agree to take part in events and media activities that may be arranged to promote the Prize.
22. By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
23. These terms and conditions, and any dispute or claim arising out of them, will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.


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