Illustration competition: Design a logo for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Festival of Children’s Literature!

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HIP HIP HOORAY! Today I can finally begin to share with you an enormous project I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the past couple of months, and which is going to keep me VERY busy until almost Christmas time: I’m project managing a children’s literature festival in Birmingham!

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) is a charity I volunteer with which promotes reading for pleasure for children, and strives to bring children and books together for enjoyment and fun. Last year the FCBG won the Eleanor Farjeon Award, an award “which recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation“, and we’re using the award prize to part fund a one-day Festival of Children’s Literature in Birmingham on Saturday November 9th.

Today over on the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’s blog I got to announce our call for entries to a competition to design a logo for our Festival of Children’s Literature. I think it’s a really exciting competition – the winner will get the chance to showcase a selection of their illustration portfolio on the FCBG blog (for which I’m responsible) and newsletter, along with an interview conducted by yours truly. We really hope that the competition will be an exciting way to highlight a new or aspiring children’s book illustrator.

So, what are the details of the competition?

Illustrators (aged 16+), established or aspiring, are invited to submit a logo by May 17th.

The winning design will be used for all advertising for the festival, not only online, but in print.

As I said, the winner will be interviewed for the FCBG blog and newsletter with a opportunity to showcase a selection of their illustration portfolio. The FCBG blog and newsletter are widely read by those based in the UK with links to the children’s book industry; the newsletter alone goes to more than 1000 people. The online and print interviews will offer an amazing opportunity for the winning illustrator to raise his/her profile within the (UK’s) children’s book world.

Logo specification and competition details

  • The logo should capture the excitement of books and the joy of stories, and appeal to all ages. The aim of the Federation, and this festival in particular, is to bring children and books together for enjoyment and fun. The festival will also celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Federation.

  • The logo will need to work well both on screen and in print (on A5 flyers, in addition to text about the festival). The logo should be submitted by email to by 6pm Friday May 17, as either a TIFF or JPEG, at 300dpi. It should be no larger than 100mm x 100mm. It must include some colour, but it is up to you whether it is full colour (4 colour) or uses a limited palette.

  • The final design of the adverts for the festival will include full details about the festival, including details of speakers, venue, sponsors and ticket details, but these are not to be included in your logo design.

  • Any individual aged 16 years or over may submit up to three entries to the competition.

  • The winning logo will be chosen by the FCBG Executive and their decision (which includes the possibility of no winner being chosen) will be final. The winner will be notified by email by May 20th.

  • The winner will be interviewed for the FCBG blog and the newsletter about their illustration work in general, and will have the opportunity to showcase a selection of their portfolio, if they wish, in addition to the logo as part of the blog and newsletter interview. The interviews will take place via email at the end of May, and will appear online and in the newsletter in June /July.

  • 5 Shortlisted entries will also be shown on the FCBG blog in early June (though without any interview).

  • Copyright for each submission will remain with the submitting illustrator but the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be able to use the winning logo for all publicity surrounding the Festival of Children’s Literature.

  • You can see the official announcement here on the FCBG blog.

    I can’t wait to see the entries for this competition! Best of luck to everyone who enters 🙂

    4 Responses

    1. BooKa Uhu


      Sounds amazing – if I could do much beyond doodling, or had considered art as a career, I would so be entering.

      Maybe I’ll just settle for visiting Birmingham out of curiosity in November instead 🙂
      BooKa Uhu recently posted..Calling all budding illustrators!

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