Picture Book Competition Guidelines

Here are the full guidelines for the ReadingZone Picture Book Competition, which can also be downloaded and shared.

The ReadingZone Picture Book Competition 2021 challenges children and young people aged four to 18 years to make their own picture book.

The competition is open to schools, libraries and homes until Friday 23rd April 2021.

Author and illustrator Mini Grey (Traction Man is Here / The Last Wolf) will select the winning entries across three Categories. These include:
Young Creators (ages four to six years);
Primary (ages seven years plus)
Secondary (ages 11 years plus).

There is an additional Achievement Award for the most enthusiastic 'behind the scenes' activities that
have gone into making picture book entries, such as the whole school getting involved.

Picture books entered for the award can be made by individuals, groups or whole classes and any media can be used.

Each picture book can be up to 24 A4 pages in length, including the cover (they can be shorter).

Books should be in portrait style (upright) rather than landscape.

Entries must arrive by Friday 23rd April 2021. Each entry must have a completed Entry Form attached, which you can download below (see 'How to Enter your Picture Book').

Please include an SAE (stamped, addressed envelop using stamps and not a dated printout) if you want your picture book returned.

ReadingZone will send feedback and a certificate to those taking part.

The winners will be announced in June.

Each winner will receive 100 of books for their school or library, as well as a free online event with an author or illustrator.

The covers and internal images from some picture books may be shared on ReadingZone's social media. We invite you to share images of your project and see what other schools are creating on Facebook ( and Twitter (readingzone).

The winning picture books will be shared online at

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Thank you to the supporters of our picture book competition, including publishers OUP and Stripes Books and a range of authors and illustrators.

16/01/2021Picture Book Competition Guidelines