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23 June 2021

Winners of 2020 Kelpies Prizes announced

13 May 2021

Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books announced the winners of the Kelpies Prizes for Writing and Illustration at a virtual award ceremony on 13 May 2021. The announcement comes almost a year later than originally planned due to Covid.

Jude Reid, a consultant surgeon based in Glasgow, won the Kelpies Prize for Writing thanks to her assured and engaging characterisation, involving plot, and perfectly pitched tone for middle grade readers.

The judges were drawn in by her ability to write both adventure and emotion with equal skill, and loved her idea for a fantastical mystery story about a secret organisation responsible for guiding the souls of drowned sailors safely home.

For more about the Kelpies Prize for Writing, see the Kelpies website.

Leanne Goodall, a student from Argyll and Bute, won the Kelpies Prize for Illustration with a series of atmospheric deptictions of iconic Scottish myths and legends. The judges were wowed by the beautiful renderings of Scottish landscapes, and the fluid movement captured in the compositions, and the sense of magic and wonder captured in Leanne's work.

For more about the Kelpies Prize for Illustration, see the Kelpies website.


The Kelpies Prizes, administered by Floris Books, the largest children's publisher in Scotland, aim to develop and nurture talent in Scotland. Entrants were asked to provide a selection of writing samples or illustrations suitable for a children's book.

The judges of both prizes were delighted to receive an extremely high standard of entries, and the judging process was definitely a high point of their lockdown! Winners will each receive 9 months of mentoring with Floris Books, along with consideration for a publishing deal and £500 cash.