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The Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2022

The Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2022 Logo showing an illustrated parrot with a paintbrush in its beak and the words 'the Macmillan Prize for Illustration'

The competition is now closed.


We are delighted to announce that The Macmillan Prize for Illustration will run in 2022 and that digital submissions will be welcomed between 11th April 2022 and 29th April 2022.

In 2022 all submissions will be online. There will be no physical submissions due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding Covid 19.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges comprising individuals from Macmillan as well as independent guest judges. The confirmed judges for 2022 are: 

  • Chris Inns - Chair of Judges and Art and Design Director (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Suzanne Carnell - Publisher, Two Hoots (Pan Macmillan)
  • Hannah Ray - Publishing Director, Picture Books (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Imogen Carter - Assistant editor and picture book critic on the Observer New Review
  • Fleur Sinclair - Manager of Sevenoaks Bookshop
  • Rob Biddulph - Illustrator
  • Diane Ewen - Illustrator

Established in 1985, this prize is open to all illustrators studying in art schools and colleges, in either full time or part time education. The aim of the award is to stimulate new creative work that helps students to take the first steps in their professional careers. This coveted award has discovered many award-winning and bestselling talents, including Emily Gravett, Lucy Cousins, Ross Collins, Bethan Woollvin and Morag Hood. 

I won the Macmillan Prize in the final year of my illustration degree. I still count it as one of the happiest days of my life, and it marked a massive shift from dreaming about being an illustrator, to realising that dream. It launched my career. A career that’s been better and more satisfying than I could have ever imagined.
Emily Gravett
I feel incredibly lucky to have won the Macmillan Prize last year, it’s an amazing opportunity to develop your projects and to get them in front of industry professionals. I feel really fortunate that I have been able to work on and develop my own children’s picture book with Macmillan, straight after graduating AUB, especially as it deals with themes that are incredibly personal to me.
Jake Alexander

Entries to the Macmillan Prize 2022 will open on Monday 11th April 2022. Please see terms and conditions here.