Frankfurter Buchmesse: Global Illustration Award Call for Entries

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With more than €26,000 in prizes, the Global Illustration Award from Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Information Content Industry Association has issued its third-year call for submissions to IlluSalon, with an award ceremony set for Frankfurt on October 10.

‘Fox’ is an original unpublished children’s picture book illustration from 2017 by Kamilla Wichmann. Image: IlluSalon

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Deadline for Submissions: June 15

As many illustrators and their work figure prominently at Bologna International Children’s Book Fair, opening today (March 26) in Italy, Frankfurter Buchmesse has announced the third year of its Global Illustration Award partnership with the International Information Content Industry Association, in cooperation again with Beijing-based IlluSalon.

The program is divided into five categories of entries:

  • Book illustration
  • Original unpublished children’s book project
  • Advertising and editorial illustration
  • Scientific illustration
  • Theme illustration

“Signs & Civilization” is the topic of that last category, the theme illustration, and it’s based on the “Made by Characters” focus from Guest of Honor Georgia with its unique 33-character alphabet.

Some 150 entries will form the longlist comprising these five categories.

‘The Red Leaf’ is a 2017 woodcut by Judith Loske of Germany. Image: IlluSalon

Prizes and Jurors
  • One grand award winner is to receive €6,000. (US$7,467).
  • The five “gold award” winners will each receive €2,000 (US$2,489).
  • Ten “excellent award” winners €1,000 each (US$1.244).

In addition, the winners will be awarded trophies and certificates issued by the organizing committee. All entries selected for the final round are to be included in a print publication titled Global Illustration Award 2018 and promoted globally.

The Global Illustration Award ceremony is set to be held at Frankfurter Buchmesse on October 10.

A seven-member jury has been named for the award program, including Claudia Kaiser (chair), vice president of Frankfurter Buchmesse; Russian illustrators Victoria Fomina and Yusof Ismail; and Malaysian senior publisher and illustrator Mingzhou Zhang, who is vice chair of the International Board On Books For Young People (IBBY) in China.

From left, jury members announced for the Global Illustration Award include Mingzhou Zhang, Reinhard Schulz-Schaeffer, Claudia Kaiser, Victoria Fomina, and Mohd Yusof Ismail

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Global Illustration Award is here. And more on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.