2019 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition calls for entries!

The Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is an international illustration contest held annually as part of the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), with the support of the Shanghai Press and Publication Administration. Since its creation in 2015, the competition has been providing a venue for emerging illustrators to showcase their talent. It aims to build bridges between them and children’s publishers, both domestically and globally. In so doing it has given fresh life to China’s children’s book industry. The Golden Pinwheel is not merely a standalone competition—it is a comprehensive programme which includes exhibitions, an illustration yearbook and a variety of promotional campaigns. It fosters an inspiring and nurturing environment where young illustrators and children's book artists from around the world find a platform to realise their visions.


In order to give recognition to the most talented artists in the competition, the 2019 Golden Pinwheel is offering a wide array of awards: the Golden Pinwheel Grand Award (rewarding the two most outstanding artworks—one from China and one from overseas), the Golden Pinwheel Special Mention, the Publisher's Choice Award (chosen by the Golden Pinwheel publishing partner) and the People's Choice Award.

In addition, one of the aforementioned award-winners will be chosen by the CCBF Organising Committee to design the key visual of the 2020 edition of the book fair. This new image will be an integral part of the fair's visual communication for a whole year, including its use on our website, social media, gifts, and in advertisement campaigns. All 50 finalists are featured in 2019 CCBF Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition Yearbook, which will also be presented at the 2019 Golden Pinwheel Illustration Exhibition held at the book fair from 15 to 17 November.

The 2018 Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is the result of a ten-week long global call for submissions. Talented artists from every corner of the planet have poured their enthusiasm into the competition with submissions by 1,320 illustrators from 58 countries and territories.

Submission Deadline
15 July 2019 23:59, (GMT+8)

Competition Schedule
Entry submission: 1 Apr - 15 Jul 2019
Finalists selection: 22 Jul 2019 – 31 Aug 2019
Finalists announcement: 12 Sep 2019
Awards announcement: 15 Nov 2019 (opening day of the CCBF)

Golden Pinwheel Grand Award (China)
Golden Pinwheel Grand Award (International)
Golden Pinwheel Illustration Special Mention
Publisher’s Choice Award
People’s Choice Award

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