Kelpies Prizes shortlists announced
25 February 2021
Almost a year later than anticipated due to Covid,
Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books has
announced the shortlists for the delayed Kelpies Prizes for
Writing and Illustration 2020. The prizes aim to recognise
new Scottish writing and illustration for children.
The largest children's publisher in Scotland revamped the prizes
in 2018 with a new focus on developing and nurturing talent in
Scotland. Entrants to the 2020 prizes were asked to provide a
selection of writing samples or illustrations suitable for a
children's book, which showcased their range and creativity.
The Kelpies Prize for Writing Shortlist
- Finola Burke (Dundee)
- E. Daly (Edinburgh)
- Fiona McKeracher (Glasgow)
- Jude Reid (Glasgow)
Find out more about the shortlisters and read a sample of their
work on the Kelpies website.
The Kelpies Prize for Illustration
- Leanne Goodall (Aberdeen)
- Abi Pate (Edinburgh)
- Sandra Simons (Glasgow)
- Evonne Summers (Edinburgh)
You can find out more about the shortlisters and view their work
on the Kelpies website.
Editorial Director Eleanor Collins said, "The
quality of entries was extremely high, making the task of judging
difficult but enjoyable! Our shortlisters showed a lot of skill and
creativity in their writing, and we are excited to see what their
futures have in store."
Art and Production Director Leah McDowell said,
"It was great to see such a wide and varied interpretation of the
brief of "My Scotland", with a range of illustration styles and
approaches on display. Choosing only four shortlisters was a
challenge, but we encourage anyone who didn't make it this time to
try again in 2022."
The winners of the Kelpies Prizes for Writing and Illustration
will be announced for the first time at a virtual award ceremony on
Thursday 13th May. Winners will each receive 9 months of mentoring
with Floris Books and £500 cash.
About the Prizes
The Kelpies Prize for Writing was first awarded in 2005 with
support from the Scottish Arts Council, now Creative Scotland, and
seeks to encourage and reward Scottish writing for children.
Previous winners include Scottish Children's Book Award winners
Janis Mackay and Alex McCall, and the prize also launched the
careers of Kindle bestseller Daniela Sacerdoti and
multi-award-winning Lari Don.
The Kelpies Prize for Illustration was launched in 2014 as the
Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize, with the aim of
discovering new Scottish talent in cover design. Kelpies
Illustration Prize entrants have gone on to work with Floris Books
on projects including A Secret Diary of the First World
War (Darren Gate, 2016 winner) and The Treasure of
the Loch Ness Monster (Nataša Ilinčić, 2017