KeyColours Award 2018
Total awards: 8250 €
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Info & Rules

Added by Sophia Brighton

Experienced photographer with over 15 years of shootings.

Contest info


The KeyColours Award, now in its 12th edition, is an international competition for illustrators of children’s books. It is open to everyone, regardless of experience.

You may submit an illustrated book for children 2-7 years old. The story must be told and illustrated in exactly 24 pages, or 12 double pages. The text must be sent in the original language. If the original language is not the Dutch, French, English or German language, a translation in one of those four languages should be added.

You can choose one of the following formats:

• 250 x 260 mm
• 290 x 210 mm (portrait or landscape)
• 235 x 325 mm

Each illustrator may participate in the contest, notwithstanding nationality, language or experience. Participation of groups is allowed as well. The original drawings should be full size, with a bleed of 5 mm.

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Start date

21 June 2018  -  16 July 2018


21 June 2018  -  16 July 2018


16 July 2018  -  15 September 2018



A professional jury will judge the artistic, literary and child-oriented qualities of the works. The winner receives 7.500 EUR (approx. 9,340 USD) and the winning work will be published by Clavis publishing. From all the entries a selection will be made for the exhibition on children’s books illustrations in Hasselt, which may travel around afterwards. Apart from the winner, other entries may also be considered for publication by Clavis. The award and the resulting picture books will be largely discussed in the press and at book fairs abroad. For many illustrators, this unique award is the start of a successful international career.
At the exhibition children will award their favourite illustration with the Children’s Award. The winner of the Children’s award receives 750 EURO.

General rules


It is allowed to participate digitally.
You send your work by e-mail to
Your e-mail is maximum 20 MB.
The digital entry contains the following elements:

  • A story for children aged 2 to 7 years old, written on not more than 4 A4 sheets and divided in text blocks.
  • A full-sized pencil drawn dummy with all plates of the book as they will be elabora- ted later on. The text blocks are indicated on all these pages. Maximum 100 dpi.
  • Three of the above mentioned plates fully elaborated in colour. The chose technique is free. Maximum 100 dpi.
  • The filled in answer strip. You name the attachments with the title of your work and a number (1,2,3,4 ...). If your digital entry is selected for the exhibition, you send coloured prints in due time.
  • The story will be told on exactly 24 pages (cover, end  papers and title page not included).

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Age restriction: 1 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide