The inaugural Little Hare Prize for Illustration – Hardie Grant Children's Publishing

21 Aug 2020 | Hardie Grant Books

Shortlist announced late January.   

The inaugural Little Hare Prize for Illustration by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing is now open for submissions.

The Little Hare Prize for Illustration has been established by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing to inspire new work from unpublished and emerging artists.

Awarded annually, the winner will receive a publishing contract and full editorial support to illustrate a new story for Little Hare. 


The Little Hare Prize for Illustration is open to artists of all backgrounds – from budding illustrators to college graduates, from graphic designers to fine artists. To be eligible for the prize, artists should not have illustrated more than one picture book with a trade publisher. 

Artists are asked to create artwork for a story contracted to Little Hare. To be considered, artists must submit the following pieces:

1. One to three pages of character sketches that show your character development.

2. One rough double-page black-and-white sketch that demonstrates your ability to interpret the narrative. Artists should illustrate page sixteen and seventeen of the text.  

3. One double-page final colour illustration that shows your final artwork. This section should correspond to page eighteen and nineteen of the text. 

Artists should note that the final book will be 244 x 244 mm, plus 5mm bleed per single page (i.e. a double page spread will be 244 x 488 plus 5mm bleed). Optimal submissions should adhere to this size, however, it is not a mandatory requirement and we simply request that submitted illustrations are proportionate. 

From 1 October, download the story page by clicking here. Please note that the text will only be made available once the prize opens on 1 October. When you are ready to submit your work, please click on the Submittable link below.

The key dates for the 2020 Little Hare Prize for Illustration are as follows:

Entries open: Thursday 1 October

Entries close: Friday 30 October

Shortlist announced: Late January

Winner announced: date to be confirmed.

The news will also be promoted in the Weekly Book Newsletter, on the Hardie Grant Children's Publishing website, and on Facebook and Twitter, as well as in an email to newsletter subscribers.


Let’s build a boat

with wood and nails

‘What colour?’ 

‘Blue! With bright red sails.’

Will the boat float? Even when the waves get big?

How will the brave crew manage when trouble strikes?

This rollicking seafaring tale is full of energy, optimism 

and the spirit of staying afloat together in tough times.


Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed author of over thirty books for young people, across all styles and ages. We are thrilled that her latest unpublished work, Let’s Build a Boat! will form the basis of the Little Hare Prize for Illustration. Jane will sit on the judging panel and will help vote on the winning submission.

Jane comes from an illustrious publishing background and has received a number of commendations. She has been published locally and overseas, and was the publisher of children’s books at Penguin Australia for more than a decade.

Jane’s most recent novel is When Rain Turns to Snow (2020) and her most recent picture books are Tilly, illustrated by Anna Walker and shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Picture Book of the Year Award, and I’ll Always be Older than You, illustrated by Sara Acton.

Enter via Submittable by clicking here or on the link below