The Bookseller Illustrator Showcase for Bologna 2019

The Bookseller Illustrators’ Showcase is happening once again at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, devoted to displaying the artwork of new illustrators.

The Illustrator Showcase will feature in the magazine’s Bologna Book Fair Daily, with 7,000 editions distributed daily at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The initiative, inspired by the “Illustrator’s Wall” at the fair (below)—where illustrators pin-up samples of their work and contact details for passing publishers and agents to peruse—is supported by the Association of Illustrators.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the biggest children’s book fair in the world. Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, mobile developers, licensors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians and teachers flock to the event, which takes place from 1 April to 4 April. About 1,200 exhibitors fill the halls and the fair attracts more than 26,000 visitors from more than 90 countries.


– You must be currently unrepresented – i.e. not have an agent representing your work, recently graduated from college, or within 2 years of graduation.

– The work does not have to be done especially for this magazine – it can be work that you have already done, but cannot have been reproduced anywhere else.

– The work should be suitable for a children’s fiction or non-fiction title in any style.

– Please submit your name, social media hashtag, email address and website along with the piece.

How to enter?

Send an example of your work by 5pm on the 12th of March to [email protected]. Files must be in jpeg or tif formats at 300dpi suitable for print size up to A4.

One of the Showcases from 2018

The Bookseller will contact the successful applicants by 12pm on the 16th of March. Any queries, please contact [email protected].

The Bookseller will require a licence for the use of the images in print and digital versions of its Bologna Book Fair Daily. Copyright is retained by the illustrator.


14th February 2019

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