The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize is closed for 2021. Finalists will be announced on 12th August 2021.

Margaret Mahy’s books have entertained and enthralled generations of New Zealand readers and this prize offers the opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s heart-warming story, The King in the Cupboard, which has never before been published as a picture book.

Working closely with the Margaret Mahy Estate, Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand 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.

Previous winners of The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize include:

  • 2019: Sarah Greig for her fun-filled submission of The Boy With Two Shadows, which was published in late 2020.
  • 2020: Lily Emo for her breathtaking submission of The Boy Who Made Things Up, which will be published in August 2021.


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