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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


Who can enter

Undergraduate, postgraduate or foundation students studying at any university or college in the United Kingdom are eligible to enter the Batsford Prize.

Entrants must have been a student at any time between September 2019 and March 2020.


Fine Art

Students of any Fine Art subject, including but not limited to:

  • Fine Art
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography


Applied Art and Textiles

Students of any Applied Art subject, including but not limited to:

  • Applied Art
  • Textiles
  • Design
  • Craft
  • Fashion Design



Students of any Illustration subject, including but not limited to:

  • Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication


Children’s Illustration

  • Students of illustration subjects focusing on children’s illustration.


The theme for the Batsford Prize 2020 is ‘Our Planet’

The judges 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.


Submitting your entry

Entries should comprise:

  • Up to 7 digital images of the work, OR a digital version of a picture book/graphic novel, OR a video (plus optional stills)
  •  A supporting statement of up to 500 words (to be included on the entry form). What the judges are looking for in the statement is a bit more information about the work’s media, techniques used, inspiration and what the student thinks the meaning of the work is, if any.

Entries are accepted via Zealous.

File types accepted are JPEG and PDF. For video entries, please submit a link to where judges can view the video online.

You can submit one image of your work or more (up to seven). Examples of additional images to support your entry include close-up details of your work or images illustrating your creative process.

Should you be shortlisted, we will ask you for a high-resolution image to be printed and displayed at the awards event (we will organise with the printing). But don’t worry if you don’t have a high-resolution image available, this is not a prerequisite for being shortlisted.

The submitted work should be original to the student and any copyright cleared (if necessary).

Both works created as a part of the student’s coursework and personal works are accepted for entry. Professional works created for clients or due to be published in a professional context will not be accepted.

There’s a limit of one entry per person per category. A work cannot be entered into multiple categories, but a student can enter a different work into a different category where relevant. A series or collection of work will be considered as one entry even if it includes several pieces of work.

We do accept joint entries. The prize will be split between each team member in the case of a winning joint entry.

The last day for entries is 31 March 2020.


The judging process

The Batsford Prize is judged by industry professionals. Shortlisted entrants will be notified in April 2020. Shortlisted entrants and their tutors will be invited to attend an awards event in London in May 2020, where the winners will be announced.



We reserve the right to publish shortlisted entrants’ works, name, course and college to promote the Batsford Prize. We will always include a credit.

Your personal details will only be used for communicating with you about the award only, unless you opt in to receive the Batsford email newsletter. We will contact the tutor you have specified on your entry form about the award should you be shortlisted.

You can read our full privacy policy here.

If you have any questions, please email with ‘BATSFORD PRIZE’ as the email subject.


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