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Important update regarding The Batsford Prize 2020

Due to the ongoing crisis around COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Batsford Prize 2020.

The Batsford Prize will come back as a 2020–2021 edition, opening again for entries in January 2021. All works entered for this year’s award will roll over for consideration by the judges next year.

Anyone who has been a student at a UK institution at any time between September 2019 and March 2021 will be eligible to enter next year’s award. This to ensure that any student who had planned to enter but hasn’t been able to do so due to the current crisis will be able to submit their work for entry at a later date. We will also accept up to two entries per student per category should entrants wish to enter additional work for consideration for the 2020–2021 edition of the award.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and look forward to continue celebrating amazing student talent next year.

More information about the 2020–2021 award to follow later this year.

The Batsford and Pavilion Children’s Books Team


The Batsford Prize 2020

Leading art book publisher Batsford presents The Batsford Prize 2020. The award is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at a UK institution, with over £4,000 of prizes to be won.

There are four categories to enter:

  • Applied Art and Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Children’s Illustration (presented by Pavilion Children’s Books)



The theme for the Batsford Prize 2020 is ‘Our Planet’. We are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of the theme, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. There is no restriction on the medium used, and we accept both entries that have been made as a part of coursework as well as personal work.


There are over £4,000 worth of prizes to be won.

The winners in each category will receive a £500 cash prize.

Winners will also receive £50 worth of Batsford books for themselves and £500 worth of books for their college. Two runners up in each category will also receive £50 worth of books.

More information on how to enter here.