Applications are now closed. Thank you for applying.
To apply, we’ll ask you to illustrate the text of the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Ordinarily as a children’s picture book illustrator you would be tasked with bringing to life an author's words – so we’ve replicated this process for WriteNow using an existing picture book text.
You will need to sketch out the whole book to show how your visuals will bring the story to life across the twelve spreads of the book. These should be in black and white and can be as rough or as detailed as you wish, but should convey a sense of the pacing of the story and your individual style. You will also need to submit one full-colour piece of art. You can pick your favourite spread from the twelve for this.
Download the text as a PDF laid out across the twelve spreads of the book here. You’ll then be asked to upload your sketches and your finished artwork as part of the application process.
You can draw it by hand, or you can use design software - it’s entirely up to you.
Please work to a page size of, or in proportion to, 250mm x 250mm. The spread size is 250mm x 500mm.
Get creative with your work! And don’t feel constrained by the traditional fairy tale look or existing characterisation – we want to see your potential, originality and flair. We want to see you depict the story as you think it should be represented through illustration.
The deadline for illustrators is Monday 23 July.
If you’re shortlisted for the mentoring programme following the Nottingham workshop in September, we'll then ask you to send us a revised colour spread from your Jack and the Beanstalk interpretation, taking into account the designer’s feedback from the one-to-one, and as well as two pieces of work from your portfolio or other things you have done which you are most proud of.