The Books Council of Wales are launching a new competition with the Urdd for the 2020 Eisteddfod.

This is a golden opportunity for illustrators aged between 18 and 25 to compete for the chance to see their work in print, along side a brand new original story by author Manon Steffan Ros.

Helen Jones, Head of Children’s Books explained ‘The task is to create a ‘dummy’ book that will including rough sketches for a children’s picture book as well as finished artwork for at least four double-page spreads. Manon’s words will form one part of the story with the illustrations adding another dimension to the narrative.’

She added ‘ We will naturally be looking for a visually creative talent that will appeal to a young audience as well as to the adult who will be sharing the story. We will also be assessing the artistic skill of the applicants to use text with imagery, their interpretation of narrative, storytelling and characterisation.’

Arwel ‘Rocet’ Jones, Head of the Grants Department at the Books Council of Wales said ‘Many of our most iconic children’s books in Welsh are picture books, from the Sali Mali series to Rala Rwdins, and developing illustrators who can tell original stories for younger readers is as important as developing authors. I truly hope that this competition will help to nurture new talent in this field.’

Text for the story will be supplied by contacting the Urdd or the Books Council. Details of the competition can be found on page 57 of the Competition Schedule on the Urdd’s website. Closing date for entries is March 1 2020.

For further information, contact Helen Jones, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department, Books Council of Wales, Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2JB 01970 624151  (Photo – Keith Morris)